Greta Gerwig’s reported next project is on track to be a big one. The writer, director, and actor made history last year when she became only the fifth woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for best director for Lady Bird. Now, she might be onto something just as amazing: Columbia Pictures’ remake of Little Women.
Gerwig first joined Columbia’s adaptation of Little Women in 2016 to do a rewrite of the script’s first draft, but Variety reports Sony was so impressed with Lady Bird, executives are trying to win Gerwig over to make Little Women . The company is reportedly even ramping up pre-production to compel her to take the lead on the film.
Several major actors are said to be in talks to join the cast, including Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, and Timothée Chalamet. If everything falls into place, this would mark a reunion for Ronan and Chalamet, who both starred in Gerwig’s Lady Bird.
If Gerwig takes on Little Women, it would be her second project as a solo director. (She co-directed a film with Joe Swanberg in 2008.) The novel by Louisa May Alcott, following four sisters in post-Civil War America, has been adapted a number of times, with the 1994 adaptation starring Winona Ryder receiving the most attention.
This is all the information we have so far about this remake, but it looks like it’s coming at a convenient time for all. Streep will most likely wrap work on season two of HBO’s Big Little Lies soon; Stone’s next big role in The Favourite will hit theaters in November; Ronan recently finished production in Mary Queen of Scots; and Chalamet recently began filming his next project, Netflix’s The King.