Former Sony executive Amy Pascal has come aboard Sony Pictures’ “Little Women” remake and has hired Sarah Polley, Oscar-nominated writer/director of “Stories We Tell” and “Away From Her,” to adapt the classic Louisa May Alcott novel. (The Wrap reports.)
Originally published in 1868, the post-Civil War period drama about the times and trials of the four March sisters has been adapted by the likes of George Cukor (1933) and Mervyn LeRoy (1949) and was last reprised on the big screen by Sony arm Columbia Pictures in 1994. That film starred Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes and Kirsten Dunst. So let the casting speculation begin.
Meanwhile Pascal, who is gearing up for Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” (set to shoot in June) and Spider-Man restarts at Sony, will produce with the 1994 version’s Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord. Sony Pictures toyed with the “Little Women” idea back in 2013.
Canadian writer/director Polley keenly observed a similarly wayward female spirit in her 2011 film “Take This Waltz.”