It would appear that writer-director Greta Gerwig has found her “Lady Bird” follow-up gig. After having one of the best-reviewed films of all time (according to Rotten Tomatoes), Gerwig has been carefully exploring her options before committing to her next feature. However, according to Variety, Sony is ready to give Gerwig the reigns of “Little Women.”
That’s right, Sony is remaking the classic film and novel with Gerwig at the helm. The report says that initially, the studio brought the filmmaker in to do a re-write of the script, but after the critical and financial success of “Lady Bird,” Sony decided to go all in and woo Gerwig with not only a recognizable IP but also an all-star cast.
If Gerwig signs on to write and direct “Little Women,” she has her “dream cast” lined up, which includes Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, and Timothee Chalamet. Yep, “Little Women” could feature a “Lady Bird” reunion, with Ronan and Chalamet teaming up with Gerwig, yet again. The cast would be rounded out by Florence Pugh, a young British actor that has earned acclaim for her role in 2016’s “Lady Macbeth. Variety is also reporting that Sony is currently trying to test actresses to play the role of Beth by doing tests opposite Emma Stone, who will play Meg.
“Little Women” is based on the popular Louisa May Alcott novel about a group of sisters in post-Civil War America. The novel has been adapted numerous times into films, including the popular mid-‘90s adaptation and last year’s BBC miniseries.
There’s no word on a release date for the film, but even with the all-star cast, the stars could align with all the stars being freed up at the same time shortly. If the Gerwig deal is finalized soon, we should expect to see movement happen pretty quickly.