Amy, can you haaandle this?
Meg, can you haaandle this?
Josephine, can you haaandle this?
I DON’T THINK YOU CAN HANDLE THIS.
And by this, I mean the two upcoming adaptations of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel about sisterly devotion, Little Women. The book turns 150-years-old next year, and both a TV mini-series and a feature-length film are in the works. What do you think of that?
Not so fast. Don’t reject the idea just because nothing could ever come close to the 1994 Winona classic. These actually sound pretty good. PBS, the BBC, and Masterpiece are collaborating on a three-part mini-series, with a script written by Heidi Thomas. The project will be directed by Vanessa Caswill and executive produced by Colin Callender, who says:
This is a character study of young women rich in texture and detail, and it’s an honor to be able to bring it to life in this extended form with the great Heidi Thomas, one of the finest writers working in television today. In the hands of the exciting directorial style of filmmaker Vanessa Caswill we hope to deliver a new screen version that will speak to contemporary audiences, meet the expectations of the book’s ardent fans and bring a whole new generation to this great classic.
You can view and quietly judge the full cast here.
But this is not all! Though the mini-series is many people’s preferred form of viewing these days, cinema is not dead and there is also a Little Women movie in the works. Clare Neiderpruem, has co-written this adaptation with Kristi Shimek. Filming kicked off in June and the movie will join the mini-series when it is released in 2018.
I will be watching both with great excitement, though no expectations because of my undying Winona Ryder loyalty.
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