Little Women CW Pilot

The CW Eyeing Dark Little Women Adaptation From NCIS Star

Meg, Beth, Jo and Amy soon might run with the Vampire Diaries and iZombie set.

The CW has put into development a “gritty” series adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The highly stylized series would find the March (half) sisters working together 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,” the site reports.

Alcott’s 1868 novel finds the sisters and their mother dealing with life on the homefront while the family patriarch is off serving as a chaplain in the Civil War. As the book progresses, it follows the sisters’ adventures as the girls mature into adulthood.

Alexis Jolly (Amazon’s Tiger, Tiger) will write and executive-produce the project, which has a script commitment from the network. NCIS star Michael Weatherly also is attached as an EP.

Are you ready for a whole new look at the March girls? Hit the comments with your early thoughts on the project!

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55 Comments
  1. George says:

    Oh, Hollywood…

  2. Mariah says:

    Umm, what?

  3. Pia says:

    NO. That is all.

  4. Joni says:

    I got my 1st copy of “Little Women” for my 11th birthday in 1970 and have read it too many times to count. I’m stoked about an updated take on the story (much like the updated BBC “Sherlock”). Great choice of Alexis Jolly as the writer. Bring it on!

    • Poster4392 says:

      But to have them as half sisters trying to kill one another? I think that needs to be reconsidered.

      • Lo says:

        I think that’s just a reference to sibling rivalry, like when Amy burned Jo’s manuscript and Jo almost throttled her. I don’t get the half-sister part though, that would be unheard of in that era… unless they’re going the route of BBC’s Sherlock and setting it in the 21st century.

        • Joni says:

          My impression it’s a modern take on the book, not a period piece.

        • rarefied says:

          How would it be unheard of? If a spouse died, which happened frequently enough in that era, and someone remarried, the children would be half siblings with the original siblings. That said, I also think it’s a bit weird that they’re going in that direction.

      • Darlene says:

        The half sister thing may be a way to get some ethnic diversity into this modern take of the story. I would welcome that!

  5. jalahyacinth says:

    It has nothing to do with the book. Get creative, come up with a title and NEW character names. Not that hard to do. I love Michael Weatherly, but this is WRONG.

  6. Jill says:

    For the love of God, no…

  7. rinaex says:

    Learn to say no, people. Learn to say no.

  8. Sheila says:

    Why? Why? It’s like stabbing me in the childhood!

  9. autumnd23 says:

    Louisa May Alcott would have loved this. She was such a fan of sensationalized fiction.

    • Joni says:

      ^ THIS! Yes she did. The short stories she wrote before her slightly fictional “Little Women” were, as you say, sensationalized fiction” and I too think she’d be getting a kick out of this.
      Give it a chance folks rather than say “no” without seeing for yourself.

    • Karen MT says:

      My first thought was “hell no!” but you’re right. Some of her short stories were downright morbid.

    • Actually Alcott was a big writer of potboiler fiction. Which she felt bad about and repented of, going on to write a slew of much loved children’s books, i.e., LW. In fact, there’s a plot point about this in Little Women! So, while this might be characteristic of her prior work, it’s kind of an offense to the author’s memory, given how she felt about her early works later in life (although having read a few stories, I have to say they were pretty good stories!) . Find some imagination people, and quite stealing and rewriting other people’s characters! Oh, wait, this is Hollywood, no can do!

    • A fan of TV says:

      It’s not the sensationalized fiction I’d have issue with, it would be a supernatural sisters angle. Can’t they be humans in a twisted world, similar to the basic premise of the original book?

  10. JC1 says:

    LOL no.

  11. A fan of TV says:

    Dystopian future Philadelphia? As long as the sisters aren’t supernatural, I could get behind this idea. Also, would Meg die in this show, too? Because I wasn’t okay with that in the book, either ;)

  12. prish says:

    I loved Dark Angel, and maybe that is Weatherly’s inspiration. I’m in!

  13. dee123 says:

    “The CW lines up gritty remake of Little Women”

    Sounds like a headline from The Onion.

  14. Rod says:

    `Little Women vampires or zombies? Just stop this madness.

  15. Sharon says:

    Why??

  16. AnnieM says:

    Next on the CW: Little House On The Prairie VS. Aliens.

  17. Tarah Cavaco says:

    I just can’t …. One of my favorite books of all time, and one of the most beloved books period. Turned into a dystopian piece of trash. NOPE.

    • Darlene says:

      Well, you haven’t seen it yet, so how can you say it’s a piece of trash? Hard to judge what you haven’t seen.

  18. Fernanda says:

    next thing Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer private detectives

    • SyFyGuy says:

      Not sure if you’re being sarcastic or not but Mark Twain already took care of that in the novel Tom Sawyer, Detective.

  19. H says:

    Love this. I also loved Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

  20. Stanislava says:

    No…please don’t…

  21. I also thought the headline “CW Eyeing Dark Little Women…” was a bit Oniony :)

  22. Darlene says:

    I’m looking forward to this one!

  23. kmw says:

    Dumbest idea I have ever heard of. Just plain stupid.

  24. Maria says:

    Now would be a good time for a Gibbs headslap.

  25. Lorraine says:

    I guess so it the 2015-2016 season there so many diff shows on that are not real so y not do it to little women I will watch

  26. AW says:

    Looking forward to see how the writers will do the mash-up!

  27. Winsome Pix says:

    Are these people completely high??

  28. darkangel200 says:

    I loved the books and re-makes too, but hey, this is the first born from Michael Weatherly’s production company, so count me in to keep an open mind, give it a look, and lend my support . It’s for the CW, so of course it would be something that targets a younger demo, not a period piece. Sheesh, why all the negativity?

    • Darlene says:

      Exactly! Michael Weatherly is pretty darn creative, so I do want to see his version of Little Women. If I don’t like it, I won’t keep watching. Simple as that. But I certainly can’t judge (one way or another) what I haven’t seen.

  29. Pat says:

    You have to be kidding. I read Little Women when I was 9 years old, in the late ’50s and a remake of this with so called “Dark Women” is an insult to the classic. They cancelled Messenger’s which was really getting good, but now they want to put on this remake well I predict a big egg being dropped!

  30. Anna Marasco says:

    Taking the Nope Train to Nopeville on this one.

  31. tsevca says:

    So any show with 4 sisters is basicly Little Women adaptation.

  32. cjeffery7 says:

    “all while trying not to kill each other in the process.”

    while i can appreciate that the March sisters, as written by Alcott, are each very unique and certainly get into their fair share of tussles, this feels so banal. women squabbling with one another? i’m already bored.