Despite still being seen as the lesser of the five major broadcast networks, The CW is actually having a really good year. This past season the network debuted three new critically-acclaimed shows, which earned The CW some of its biggest praise yet.

Arrow spinoff The Flash surpassed its predecessor to become the network’s highest rated program ever, while Jane the Virgin became the first The CW series to win a Golden Globe Award (with lead actress Gina Rodriguez winning for Best Actress in a Comedy or Variety Series). And iZombie, which didn’t even premiere until midseason, has already become the network’s fourth highest-rated show. Now with only a few months left until its all-star lineup returns, The CW is looking ahead to the next TV season.

After renewing all but two of its shows back in May, The CW’s upcoming fall and spring schedules are pretty much a lock at this point. But who knows what the next year will bring? Thus, the network isn’t wasting any time in starting development on 2016.

In its first order of business, The CW has put into development Little Women, based on the literary classic from Louisa May Alcott. Yet it won’t be the tale about four young women growing up during the American Civil War that many may remember. Instead, this science fiction reimagining follows disparate half-sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy, who band together in order to survive the dystopic streets of Philadelphia. At the same time, they unravel a conspiracy that stretches far beyond anything they have ever imagined – all while trying not to kill each other in the process.

little women 1933 The CW Reimagining Little Women as a Gritty Sci Fi TV Show

Alexis Jolly wrote the script for what is being called a “hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation.” Although Jolly still doesn’t have any major credits to his name, his work is already receiving a lot of attention. He most recently completed a rewrite on the Amazon movie Tiger, Tiger, sold his original Black List spec script A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (a biopic based on the life of Fred Rogers) and has professional wrestling drama Dark Match set up at FX. NCIS star Michael Weatherly will also be an executive producer on the project along with Jolly.

Adapting Little Women for a new audience is nothing new at this point. Over the past almost 100 years, there’ve been six different films and four TV series, starring everyone from Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst and more. There’s something timeless about a coming-of-age story revolving around four sisters who are learning to deal with life, love and the world around them. Only this time they’ll have to contend with something more than the war between the North and South.

What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you interested in seeing how The CW plans to make the Little Women into a gritty drama? Let us know in the comments.

We’ll keep you updated with the latest news on Little Women as it becomes available.

Source: The Wrap

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