The CW Is Developing a “Gritty,” Dystopian ‘Little Women’ Series


We all know the feeling. You’re watching/reading Divergent, The Hunger Games, The Giver, the Whatever, and you realize you just need to skip ahead to see if Jo will contract Beth’s Scarlet Fever or whether Amy and Laurie will make it as a couple.Right? Well if for some odd reason you weren’t prone to conflating every work of contemporary dystopian YA fiction with Little Women, you might soon find it unavoidable.

For, as Deadline reports, the CW has set in action plans to turn Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel into a “hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation… 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.” As of now, the project is simply called Little Women; it’s being developed by Alexis Jolly and, interestingly enough, NCIS star Michael Weatherly.

Should you find yourself in the mood to speculate on the ideal cast for these system-defying (or whatever typical-of-a-dystopian-protagonist thing they end up doing) JoMegBethAmys, check out Flavorwire’s list (initially written up with Sarah Polley’s adaptation in mind — yes, that’s also happening).