The Next Version of Little Women Will Be Written by Sarah Polley

By  · Published on March 19th, 2015

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Oh, that Amy Pascal, first developing an all-female Ghostbusters and now an all-female version of Little Men. Sorry, I had to make that awful joke given the “female version of (blank)” trend seems to come into play at least once a day now (I know, I already went there today with the female dwarves news). But in a way, Louisa May Alcott already did the one extreme or the other, gender-wise, when she followed her hit novel “Little Women” with the sequel “Little Men.” The original has always been more popular, though, and so it therefore is more commonly adapted for the screen.

It’s been about 20 years since the last true adaptation, and now Sony is planning a new incarnation, according to The Wrap. Pascal, who worked on that 1994 version before leaving the studio the first time, is producing this one in a closer capacity and has hired Sarah Polley (Take This Waltz) to write the script. Polley, who has directed every movie she’s credited for writing, may also take the helm here, but presently there is no commitment for such involvement. The actress-turned-filmmaker, who earned an Oscar nomination for the adapted screenplay for Away From Her, is also currently attached to direct her own adaptations of Margaret Atwood’s “Alias Grace” and John Green’s “Looking for Alaska.”

For those of you not familiar with the literary classics, to put it plainly “Little Women” is about the quartet of March girls growing up in Massachusetts during and following the Civil War, which their father is off fighting in, and during the course of their story there’s romance and tragedy and some of them come of age and get married and leave the close-knit sisterhood. The four main characters have been played by some of the most famous of Hollywood actresses, including Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn, Kay Francis, Joan Bennett, Margaret O’Brien, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst and Claire Danes. So, let’s start the guessing of which current hot starlets will be playing Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy.

Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.