The CW is Developing a “Gritty” Adaptation of Little Women

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Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel Little Women has been enchanting readers for decades. Multiple screen adaptations have been made, such as the 2004 film starring Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, and Susan Sarandon. Although the March sisters — Jo, Beth, Meg, and Amy — certainly have their fair share of disagreements (including the famously horrifying scene where Amy burns Jo’s writing), one might not envision them duking it out Hunger Games style.

The CW, however, has other ideas. According to Deadline, the television network known for Gossip Girl and Jane the Virgin has begun to develop a new series based on Little Women.

Written by Alexis Jolly, the series is described as a “hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation” of the novel, 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.”

Little Women, then, will soon join the ever-popular league of dystopian narratives. If this news excites you, Flavorwire recently compiled their dream-cast for the “millennial generation.”

Who else would you like to see take on the role of Jo or Amy as they navigate Philly’s “gritty” dystopian streets?

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