PBS and Masterpiece are about to take on a true masterpiece.
The classic Louisa May Alcott novel Little Women is being adapted into a three-part miniseries for Masterpiece, PBS announced Thursday. Playground, the production company behind PBS’ 2015 Emmy nominee Wolf Hall, will produce.
Set in Massachusetts during the Civil War, Little Women follows the March sisters — Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy — as they develop into womanhood while their father is away at war. Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas will pen the three-part adaptation, with Vanessa Caswill (BBC America’s Thirteen) directing.
Little Women was previously turned into a 1994 film starring Winona Ryder as Jo and Claire Danes as Beth. The CW attempted a dystopian sci-fi reboot in 2015 with Bull star Michael Weatherly executive-producing, but that was scrapped before it made it to air.
“Little Women is one of the most loved novels in the English language, and with good reason,” Thomas said in a statement. “Its humanity, humor and tenderness never date, and as a study of love, grief and growing up it has no equal. There could be no better time to revisit the story of a family striving for happiness in an uncertain world, and I am thrilled to be bringing the March girls to a new generation of viewers.”
Little Women fans, who do you want to see playing the March sisters? Hit the comments with your casting ideas.