"Little Women" has taken a not-so-little step forward. The Sony Pictures film has tapped Sarah Polley to adapt the screenplay from Louisa May Alcott's classic novel and Amy Pascal to produce, the Los Angeles Times has confirmed.
The Wrap first reported the news.
Polley previously earned an Oscar nomination with her adapted screenplay for the 2006 Alzheimer's drama "Away From Her," based on the Alice Munro short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain." Polley is also an actress and a director of both narrative and documentary films. (No cast members or a director have been named yet for "Little Women.")
Pascal, who is stepping down as Sony co-chair in the wake of the studio's recent hacking scandal and is transitioning to a producing role, will produce "Little Women" with Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord. Pascal's other producing projects include Sony's female-led "Ghostbusters" reboot starring Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy.
"Little Women," which was first published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, tells the story of the four March sisters as they come of age against the backdrop of the Civil War and its aftermath.
Alcott's novel has been adapted to the screen numerous times, including in 1994 with Winona Ryder and Claire Daines, in 1949 with Elizabeth Taylor and Janet Leigh, and in 1933 with Katharine Hepburn and Joan Bennett.