'Little Women' Film Adapation Remake In The Works, So Let's Take A Look Back At How The Previous Adaptations Compare
Here's a bit of significant news for an upcoming movie that's been making waves ever since its announcement in October: The latest Sony project is a remake of the Little Women film adaptation, which will be helmed by Sony exec Amy Pascal, who will take on producing duties. The studio executive will partner up with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Sarah Polley. If you're drowning in excitement or so far engulfed in nostalgia that you're gearing up to binge-watch and live tweet through the 1994 version of Little Women, brace yourselves for this next major detail: The Wrap highlights the fact that the revamped film will include "three female producers as well as a female screenwriter adapting a book written by a woman," a combination seldom-found in Hollywood.
At this point, we can only speculate on how this newest Sony version will compare with the 6 film adaptations that preceded it. Bustle's very own Caroline Pate has already composed her Little Women remake casting wishlist, but how do the previous films compare to one another? Let's just say that all of unlike those that were released in 1917 and 1918, the films that followed were anything but silent. In fact, the newest Little Women reboot will join some pretty good company.
For one, most of the film adaptations featured huge-name leading ladies like Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, and there was even a romantic TV film version from 1978 that starred Meredith Baxter. But the most promising commonalities (that's also likely to put a fair amount of pressure on Sony) are all of the predecessors' stellar accolades. For example, the 1933 Little Women film won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay and the 1949 adaptation followed up with an Oscar for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration. Baxter won an Emmy for her portrayal of the March sister Meg. Finally, Winona Ryder's Best Actress nomination was amongst three of the 1994 adaptation's Oscar nods.
Honestly, awards shows don't always get it right as is evidenced by some of the more recent Oscar snubs, but judging by Little Women's history of winning over audiences and raking in awards, there's really no reason to believe that the remake won't experience more of the same success.
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