The March family is returning to the big screen.
"Little Women" is being adapted to film again, so there will be a new Marmee in town,among other characters. Lea Thompson is set to play the March matriarch, Deadline reports. The adaptation is said to be modern, which would make it very different from what we've seen in the past.
Originally a novel by Louisa May Alcott, published in 1868, the story centers on sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March as they come of age during the Civil War. They are guided by their caring and charitable mother, Marmee, especially while their father is away fighting. The Marches' story is a classic and has been adapted for the silver screen on multiple occasions, from a silent version in 1917 to 1994's "Little Women" starring Claire Danes, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon, and Christian Bale.
A modern take has the potential to be interesting -- that, or terrible, but let's be optimistic. We'll be curious to see what the project's writers, director Clare Niederpruem and Kristi Shimek, have come up with. "Little Women" is scheduled to start shooting in June and is due out in 2018, in time for the book's 150th anniversary.