Originally set up in 2013, Sony Pictures is moving forward with their remake of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel, LITTLE WOMEN, and has tapped Greta Gerwig to rewrite the script. She takes over the script from the previous screenwriter Sarah Polley.
Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, Little Women tells the story of the four March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, and their trials through life as they grow up. It has been adapted several times, most notably George Cukor’s 1933 film starring Katharine Hepburn and Gillian Armstrong’s 1994 project, with a cast boasting the likes of Winona Ryder, Christian Bale, Gabriel Byrne, Claire Danes, and Susan Sarandon. Hepburn and Ryder both played the lead sister, Jo.
Last year, it was reported that executive producer Michael Weatherly was developing a pitch for a “gritty” and “dystopic” Little Women TV series at The CW, but nothing since then has confirmed the series and it is not part of this year’s fall line-up.
Amy Pascal, former Co-Chairperson of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Chairperson of their motion pictures branch, is still attached to produce under her production company, Pascal Pictures. She will be joined by Denise Di Novi of Di Novi Pictures and Robin Swicord as fellow producers for the film.
Gerwig is a writer and actress, appearing in films like Maggie’s Plan and Arthur, as well as the Hulu show The Mindy Project. She wrote and starred in the indie film Frances Ha and is currently developing the film Lady Bird, which she’s writing and directing, starring Saoirse Ronan.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor