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‘Gritty,’ ‘Dystopic’ ‘Little Women’ Adaptation in Development at The CW

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‘Gritty,’ ‘Dystopic’ ‘Little Women’ Adaptation in Development at The CW

In what may be the most unexpected entertainment news of the day, The CW has a TV adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” in development, as reported Wednesday by Deadline — though it looks to depart from the source material.

OK, sure, every adaptation departs somewhat from the source material — but this one appears to really go for it. As described in the Deadline piece: “‘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.”

Let that sink in a bit — yes, those are the words “gritty,” “dystopic” and “hyper-stylized” used to describe a take on “Little Women,” the 1868-1869 coming-of-age novel that has delighted audiences for generations. The book has seen multiple adaptations into other medium before — including a 1994 film — but nothing that really strayed outside of its period or genre.

The creative team behind the project is Alexis Jolly, who wrote a Black List-recognized script (“A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood”) about Fred Rogers’ life, and “NCIS” actor Michael Weatherly. Both are on board to executive produce if a series moves forward; until then, feel free to make your own “[x piece of classic literature] meets [y genre]” jokes. (Hard sci-fi take on “Anne of Green Gables”?)

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