Latest adaptation of 'Little Women' to give classic The CW treatment

Nineteenth century classic "Little Women" is being revisited once again as The CW looks to adapt Louisa May Alcott's novel.

Following the four March sisters from youth to adulthood, "Little Women" allowed readers to enter the girls' worlds, experience the different challenges that faced them, and did so without requiring each girl to pursue conventional romance.

Main character Jo, in particular, has to answer questions about conformity and satisfaction in her choice of marriage partner, while the other sisters ask readers to consider their aims domestically, socially, and in terms of career success.

The latest adaptation is being written by one of Hollywood's hot names, who has a number of high-profile scripts already finalized.

American screenwriter Alexis Jolly has worked on Amazon Studios' Siberian romance "Tiger, Tiger;" penned one of 2013's most liked unproduced screenplays in Black List entry "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood;" and has wrestling drama "Dark Match" on the hob at the FX channel, as Deadline reports.

Also involved in the production is "NCIS" actor Michael Weatherly, best known for playing Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo on the long-running Paramount and CBS television series; it's his production company Solar Drive Productions, which is itself over at CBS, that accommodates the "Little Women" series.

The CW's take on Alcott's well-read classic joins a long line of previous adaptations, which have included some star names over the years.

1933 feature film "Little Women" won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, with nominations for Best Picture and Best Director; the film was a huge hit featuring Katharine Hepburn as Jo.

Then, a 1949 "Little Women" had a 17-year-old Elizabeth Taylor as the youngest March sister, the artistically inclined Amy, with Janet Leigh (later of "Psycho") as Meg and Rat Pack member Peter Lawford as neighboring boy Laurie.

1994 saw the arrival of "Little Women" which brought together Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, Susan Sarandon, Gabriel Byrne and Christian Bale, gathering three Oscar nominations in the process.

Most recently, YouTube channel Pemberley Digital, acclaimed for its adaptations of Jane Austen novels "Emma" and "Pride & Prejudice," released a 50-episode video series "The March Family Letters" that ran until this past June.


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