Canadian actress and director Sarah Polley is reportedly working on a film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women. Though it’s not yet known whether the Oscar-nominated filmmaker, who directed Away from Her and the documentary Stories We Tell, will write, direct or star in the project, fans are already eagerly anticipating the remake – and making bets over potential casting choices.
Little Women is a coming-of-age novel that centres on the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – as they experience life growing up in the United States in the 1860s. There have been three film adaptions of the beloved book so far, though there hasn't been a remake for more than 20 years.
Sarah Polley is reportedly writing and/or directing the new Little Women film. Photo © Getty
A 1994 version (starring Winona Ryder as Joe and Claire Danes as Beth) catapulted many stars to fame, including Oscar-winning actor Christian Bale, who played the March sisters’ rich next-door neighbour, Laurie, and Kristen Dunst, who played a younger Amy.
The first Hollywood adaptation was an equally star-studded project, with screen legend Katherine Hepburn in the role of Beth and Joan Bennett portraying Amy. The 1933 film won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, but lost out to Cavalcade for Best Picture.
Meanwhile, former Sony executive Amy Pascal – who is also producing the upcoming new Spider-Man franchise and the all-female Ghostbusters reboot – has been hired to oversee the newest version of the film, which hasn’t been given a release date yet.
A mainstay at TIFF, Toronto-based Sarah, 36, first appeared on the Canadian period drama Road to Avonlea before transitioning into filmmaking.