Little Women to Be Adapted into a 'Gritty' Dystopian CW Show

Thursday, 30 July 2015 - 9:47AM
Thursday, 30 July 2015 - 9:47AM
Little Women to Be Adapted into a 'Gritty' Dystopian CW Show
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Oh, Lord. I can't even read my own headline with a straight face. The CW just bought their first script of the season, and it's a "gritty," "dystopian" version of the Louisa May Alcott classic, Little Women.

But this isn't a tongue-in-cheek, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies-esque reimagining. This is supposed to be a legitimate high-stakes drama that sees the March sisters navigate some kind of vaguely sci-fi conspiracy. The official synopsis, according to Deadline, reads:

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Little Women is described as a hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation of the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott, in which 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.
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I mean... what? 

The series will be written and executive-produced by Alexis Jolly, an up-and-coming TV writer best known for his work on the Ellen Degeneres Show, and co-produced by NCIS co-star Michael Weatherly (again, what?). 

Who knows, maybe this show will be decent. We could always use more strong female protagonists, and maybe they'll find a way to contribute to the feminist canon, much like Little Women did. But, at least judging from the summary, there would still be no reason to call it a Little Women adaptation.
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