CW Developing ‘Hyper-Stylized’ Reboot of ‘Little Women’

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Forget capes and superheroes — the CW is stepping away from comicbook adaptations for a moment and turning to one of America’s most beloved novels for a series on its 2015-16 development slate.

The youth-skewing network is developing what it calls a “hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation” of Louisa May Alcott’s 19th century novel “Little Women,” Variety has confirmed.

Written by Alexis Jolly and produced by “NCIS” co-star Michael Weatherly through his Solar Drive Productions in association CBS TV Studios, the project is said to follow “disparate half-sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy” as they “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.”

This wouldn’t be the first time that CW has offered a stylized look at historical times and stories. “Reign,” its depiction of the early years on Mary, Queen of Scots, will soon premiere its third season.

Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.

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  1. Amelia says:

    This sounds absolutely horrid. There are no words.

  2. Rachel says:

    This has got to be one of the worst ideas. I mean, okay, as a story on it’s own, without connecting it to Little Women, it might be okay. But saying it’s a “stylized” version of Little Women? No. Just. No.

    So, what’s next. Going to put Pride and Prejudice into the future? Maybe do Old Fashioned Girl as some “travel back in time” mashup with a character who is not quite Doctor Who? Gonna have Laura Ingalls traveling in space on the frontier?

    • Mal Schmitz says:

      Thank you for giving me some ideas for things to write. Pride and Prejudice in a society with about five recognised genders, polyamorous relationships being common, and stifling social rules that are completely different from the Regency set of stifling social rules would be interesting to write, no?

      I’m suspending judgement on the Little Women thing until I’ve seen it, but you have to admit, you’ve turned up some interesting ideas here.

  3. wa says:

    One of the greatest things about “Little Women” is the supportive, loving bond the sisters share. I believe it’s one of the key elements that has kept that book and story alive for so many generations. This description, with the line, “all while trying not to kill each other in the process” shows that these producers don’t know what they are doing.

  4. Question says:

    thank you for providing more evidence of stalking and exploitation and human rights abuse. This announcement is being filed for lawyers.

  5. Roberta says:

    First I got all excited. One of my most beloved novels. Then I read the description and I’m ” Oh, hell no!”

  6. James says:

    Fucking. Awful. Why even call the series Little Women? Oh, wait, let me guess. It’ll be called Little Women 2.0 or some shit.

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