Nearly 150 years after the book was initially released, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women looks set to be the latest book to be adapted into a TV series! The CW has put Little Women into development for the 2015-2016 season.
Deadline Hollywood reported that the book is being adapted into a drama series by writer Alexis Jolly, and will be produced by NCIS co-star Michael Weatherly through Solar Drive Productions, in association with CBS TV Studios.
However we shouldn't expect the series to be adapted directly from the book, instead it had been described as being a "hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation" of the 1868 novel. According to Deadline, the project is set to follow "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."
While it sounds like quite a weird direction for the project to go in, considering what a classic the novel is, The CW has done similar things before with their projects. The CW show Reign which follows the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots, has also been creatively adapted, and the series is about to premier its third season.
Since the book was released in 1868, it has been adapted to TV and film many times, including the 1994 adaptation starring Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Kirsten Dunst and Claire Danes, a 1978 version with Meredith Baxter, 1949 version with Elizabeth Taylor and Katherine Hepburn's 1933 version. Here's hoping the youth-focused network produces an amazing adaptation - I look forward to hearing more details about this in the near future.