Greta Gerwig to Take Over New ‘Little Women’ Script

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Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of New England girlhood, Little Women, is coming to the big screen for an incredible seventh time and for this forthcoming adaptation, Greta Gerwig is taking over the script from Sarah Polley. It’s a good choice; Gerwig’s recent screenwriting credits are the duo Frances Ha and Mistress America, which explore jealousy, loyalty and female, even sisterly, friendship the same way that Alcott’s novel does.

Tracking board reports:

Originally set up in 2013, Sony Pictures is moving forward with their remake of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel,LITTLE WOMEN, and has tapped Greta Gerwig to rewrite the script. She takes over the script from the previous screenwriter Sarah Polley.

Hopefully the team at SONY will check out Flavorwire’s dream casting of this project. Yes, that’s right, we cast President Barack Obama as Professor Bhaer; you will note that he should be looking for work in about six months, so the timing is right. As exciting as this news is, a more disappointing nugget is buried beneath it.

Last year, it was reported that executive producer Michael Weatherly was developing a pitch for a “gritty” and “dystopic” Little Women TV series at The CW, but nothing since then has confirmed the series and it is not part of this year’s fall line-up.

Bummer. We at Flavorwire had also come up with a spec script for this show; hopefully the idea will be revived.