Are you ready for Little Women to be rebooted? Well, if you aren’t, brace yourselves — because your childhood might be ruined for yet another reboot.
According to Variety, Sony executive Amy Pascal (yes, of the hacking scandal) is set to produce this reboot of the book by Louise May Alcott. The last remake we saw of Little Women was back in 1994. If you’re a child of the 80s and 90s, then you may remember this version. This last adaptation starred Winona Ryder (Jo), Kirsten Dunst (Amy), Trini Alvarado (Meg), Claire Danes (Beth), and Susan Sarandon as Mrs. March.
The most interesting development is that writer-director-actress Sarah Polley has been hired to adapt the classic coming of age story about the March sisters. If you aren’t familiar with Polley’s work, she directed two very well received under-the-radar films. The first was Take This Waltz starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, and the second was a film that got enormous critical attention, a documentary on her mother told by different perspectives, titled Stories We Tell. As a storyteller, she focuses on stories involving women and womanhood, so this seems right up her alley. As an actress, she starred in Splice, Beowulf & Grendel, Dawn of the Dead, and Go — just to name a few.
As of right now, it’s not yet known who is cast, as pre-production hasn’t even started for the Little Women reboot, but Twitter is full of opinions on what they want this film to be. Some are even riffing on the latest Ghostbusters news from Sony.
Can’t wait for the all male reboot of “Little Women”. #ghostbusters
— Tom McCaffrey (@tommccaffrey) January 28, 2015
“IS THE ALL-MALE REBOOT OF LITTLE WOMEN JUST THE TV SHOW ‘BONANZA’!?” – actual thought I had when I woke up at 2am — bre boheman (@bre_boh) March 17, 2015
Can’t wait for that dark, gritty, and realistic reboot of Little Women
— Spencer Perry (@TheSpencerPerry) March 18, 2015
Sony also announces “male-driven” LITTLE WOMEN reboot, officially expanding the Littleverse. — Dan Casey (@osteoferocious) March 18, 2015
@InStyle I am totally down for that!
— VaNessa (@nessabirdie) March 19, 2015
That said, not everyone is completely excited about the Little Woman reboot. When news of the remake started to his the Internet in 2013, Huffington Post made an argument on why it shouldn’t be remade. One of their points specifically focused on Winona Ryder being the best choice for Jo.
“Josephine “Jo” March is boyish and lovable. She’s charming, she challenges convention, and she frequently fails to keep her attitude in check. She’s headstrong and ambitious. Today’s younger stars likely wouldn’t fit the bill.”
What do you think?
[Image via Columbia Pictures]