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Links to our threads on the modernized "faith-based" 2018 movie and the once-in-development dystopian CW TV series.

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Sony Sets Up ‘Little Women’ Adaptation with Olivia Milch Writing (EXCLUSIVE)
Sony Pictures has set up a new adaptation of “Little Women,” bringing on Olivia Milch to pen the script.
Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord are producing the latest version of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel about four sisters growing up after the Civil War.
The most recent film adaptation was Gillian Armstrong’s 1994 version, which Sony was also a part of, with a cast that included Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst and a very young Christian Bale. That pic made $95 million at the worldwide box office and landed three Oscar nominations including one for Ryder in the lead actress category. Earlier versions starred Katharine Hepburn (1933) and Elizabeth Taylor (1949, pictured). . . .
Variety, October 23

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So. Am. I.

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Olivia Milch is the daughter of David Milch, by the way. As far as I can tell, this will be the first thing she's written.

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There's a TV series on the way. It doesn't deserve its own thread, but I need to share my joy in its existence:

 

Written by Jolly, Little Women is described as a hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation of the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott, in which disparate half-sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy band together in order to survive the dystopic streets of Philadelphia and unravel a conspiracy that stretches far beyond anything they have ever imagined – all while trying not to kill each other in the process.

 

Of course, Alcott made her bread writing gritty stories, so it's not like this is a total departure. But the fact that someone looked at Little Women and said "Y'know, this really needs to be a post-apocalyptic thriller" makes me happier, perhaps, than it should.

 

EDIT: We now have a thread on it.

Edited by NBooth

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Greta Gerwig Eyes ‘Little Women’ With Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet Circling (EXCLUSIVE)
Following her critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig is eyeing “Little Women” as her next directing gig.
A-listers Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet are in talks to star in Columbia Pictures’ retelling of the American classic with Florence Pugh also in talks to star. The movie would mark a reunion for Gerwig, Ronan and Chalamet. The young actors starred in 2017’s coming-of-age comedy “Lady Bird.” . . .
Gerwig was initially brought in to rewrite a draft, but following “Lady Bird’s” success, Sony amped up pre-production in order to woo Gerwig into picking this as her next movie.
The novel by Louisa May Alcott, which follows the March sisters in post-Civil War America, has been adapted several times into feature films, with the 1994 version starring Winona Ryder being the most popular. The BBC’s “Little Women” miniseries aired late last year. . . .
Variety, June 29
 

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If that cast does sign, would the plan be Emma Stone as Meg and Saoirse Ronan as Jo? I would have guessed Stone would have been considered for Jo, but Ronan seems too old to play Beth.

 

Anyway, I think this is the most excited I've ever been for a Little Women production.

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