Greta Gerwig is directing the Little Women remake with Sony Columbia Pictures, and after cheering her on in Lady Bird and Frances Ha, I couldn’t be more excited. A quick timeline for anyone unfamiliar: Little Women, the 19th century American novel by Louisa May Alcott, was first adapted for the big screen in 1917. It was remade in 1994 with a star-studded cast that included Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Kirsten Dunst, and Claire Danes. Now, the tale is returning, and we're hoping for some fierce, feminist takes on its classic characters.
Little Women is Gerwig's first major project since her 2017 directorial debut, Oscar-nominated Lady Bird. The multi-talented entertainer is bringing two of Lady Bird's stars — Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet — along for the ride, which probably means she'll inject her signature style into the film. We should expect an adaptation that's cool and quirky in all the right ways.
In Little Women, four sisters and their mother struggle to make it during the Civil War. It touches on feminist themes that are still relevant today. Women fighting to survive in a harsh economic setting is relatable no matter what decade you live in, and I can think of a few power siblings (I see you, Kardashian and Jenner girls) doing whatever it takes to make it in 2018.
Will the new version of LW include sexcapades? Girls doing whatever the eff they want in 2018? I can’t help but conjure the image of Emma Stone in Easy A. Hopefully, she'll bring some of that easy, breezy IDGAF attitude to this project — that "anything you can do, I can do better" vibe we so desperately need in Trump's America. And how about Meryl Streep in The Post? Her performance as a woman who took over her husband’s business after losing him to suicide reminded us females can do it all. I see some motivational (tear jerking) speeches on the horizon.
While the remake will likely focus on money and relationships, let's hope for a modern, indie-fied twist — one that girls today will be able to relate to. The forthcoming adaptation might just be my (and your) favorite of them all.
Editor’s Note: The first big-screen adaption of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women debuted in 1917 and not 1949. The article has been updated to reflect that.