‘Little Women’ is getting a reboot but it’s not what you think

We’re not surprised that Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is getting the TV show treatment. The coming-of-age story of sisterhood is a classic—even its ’94 remake with Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst and Claire Danes holds a sweet spot in our hearts. But don’t expect this new adaptation to be as, well, sweet. In fact, this new March sisters series is going to get really dystopian, really fast.  

 The Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March coming to primetime sound like their preparing to head into a Hunger Games arena. According to Deadline, The CW is in the middle of developing a “hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation” of the novel, which doesn’t sound like it’ll include fireside knitting circles with Marmee March. The full description is this:

Let’s break that down piece by piece. For starters, the girls are now half-sisters, which might honestly make it even more awkward when Jo and Amy fall for the same guy (Laurie, who will no doubt be played by the most swoon-worthy dude of the day).

Instead of trying to survive winter in Concord, Massachusetts, the girls are now trying to survive the dystopian future. And conspiracy theories? Trying not to kill each other?? This really sounds like Little Women: Hunger Games, and it’s making me feel LOTS OF THINGS. Mostly: like… whaaaaat?

Over the past few years, The CW has given us a lot of great adaptions — like iZombie, The 100, and don’t forget Gossip Girl. So maybe we’re all just freaking out over Little Women: Insurgent for nothing. The script was written by Alexis Jolly, and the show is being executive produced by NCIS actor Michael Weatherly. Plus, the show is only in development right now, so it could still go through a hundred re-writes, and maybe even never actually make it to our televisions screens.

But then again, Jo March is already a fierce, smart heroine who stands up for what she believes in and chases her dreams. So do we really need to see her fight off an army of robots, or aliens, or District Two? Kind of. Maybe. We’ll see. So many feels about this.

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