Little Women, the classic story originally novelized by author Louisa May Alcott and later adapted six times for the screen, is being developed once again by Sony. The studio has had the project in development since 2013 with Sarah Polley attached as the screenwriter. According to The Tracking Board, Sony has now enlisted writer-director-actress Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) to re-write the adaptation.
Little Women follows the story of the March sisters during the American Civil War, focusing on Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as the grow from young girls to young women amidst the tumultuous world ravaging the American south. The most famous incarnation of the story was in 1994 in the Gillian Armstrong-directed version that starred Winona Ryder, Christian Bale, Gabriel Byrne, Claire Danes, and Susan Sarandon. Along with Ryder, Katherine Hepburn has also played the iconic role of Jo in a 1933 version.
Amy Pascal, Sony’s former Chairperson of their motion pictures branch prior to the Sony Hack, is still on board to produce via her Pascal Pictures banner.
Gerwig is best known for her collaborations with filmmaker Noah Baumbach – their team-ups have included Greenberg, Mistress America, and Frances Ha, the latter of which earned Gerwig a Golden Globe nomination. Gerwig co-wrote Frances Ha, wrote Misstress America, and has written her directorial debut Lady Bird that will star Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn). She starred with Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore earlier this year in Maggie’s Plan, has had a guest starring role on The Mindy Project, and will soon be seen in 20th Century Women which is set to open the New York Film Festival.