CW Developing Dystopian, “Gritty” Version of Little Women for TV

CW Developing Dystopian, "Gritty" Version of Little Women for TV
Susan Sarandon, Kirsten Dunst, Trini Alvarado, Winona Ryder, and Claire Danes starred in 1994's Little Women. ©Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

The CW is throwing it back. The network is said to be in talks with NCIS actor Michael Weatherly and writer Alexis Jolly to produce Jolly’s script based on Little Women, Louisa May Alcott‘s 1868 novel.

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Deadline reports that Weatherly will executive produce the series, described as a hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation” of Alcott’s classically beloved tome. In the pilot, half-sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy come together to make it on the streets of a dystopian Philadelphia. Deadline says the sisters will unravel a conspiracy — all while trying to kill one another.

Michael Weatherly
NCIS star Michael Weatherly will executive produce The CW’s adaptation of Little Women. Araya Diaz/WireImage

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CW’s reboot isn’t the first time Little Women has been adapted for the screen. Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, and Christian Bale starred in the 1994 Little Women film, while Meredith Baxter and Eve Plumb were among the stars to front a miniseries in 1978.

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Little Women Louisa May Alcott is the original author of Little Women.

Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn also starred in previous versions, in 1949 and 1933, respectively.

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