Greta Gerwig to Direct 'Little Women' Remake That Could Star Meryl Streep

Another version of Little Women is coming to the big screen, and big names including Meryl Streep could be starring in it, Variety reported on Friday .

The director of Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig, has found her next project, and it's one that is based on a classic novel: The remake of Little Women for Sony's Columbia Pictures and producer Amy Pascal. The actresses who could be taking on roles are Streep, Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet and Florence Pugh. It has not yet been announced who could be playing which part.

Ronan and Chalamet were both in Lady Bird, and it's because that movie is a hit that Sony went from wanting Gerwig to just work on a rewrite to directing the Little Women remake.

This won't be the first time that a movie has been made based on Louisa May Alcott's work. In the book, the March family—including sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—grows up in and after the American Civil War. There have been many adaptations, and PBS broke them down, including the movies (including two silent films), television miniseries and Japanese animated series and stage productions ahead of the latest miniseries' premiere on Masterpiece in May. Why not check out one of the more recent ones—or read about one that wasn't made—ahead of the remake?

1994 Movie

This is the most recent feature film made based on the book and likely the one that most people think of when they think of Little Women. It received three Academy Award nominations and starred Winona Ryder as Jo, Trini Alvarado as Meg, Kirsten Dunst and Samantha Mathis as Amy and Claire Danes as Beth. Susan Sarandon played Marmee, the matriarch of the March family.

2005 Broadway Play

Younger's Sutton Foster was nominated for a Tony Award for her role as Jo in the musical. It also starred Megan McGinnis as Beth, Jenny Powers as Meg, Amy McAlexander as Amy and Maureen McGovern as Marmee.

CW pilot

This one wasn't picked up. According to Entertainment Weekly in 2016, it was "a hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation" that saw the March sisters "band together in order to survive the dystopic streets of Philadelphia." At the time, CW president Mark Pedowitz said "the script just couldn't get there."

2017 BBC miniseries

This was the fourth time that the BBC made a miniseries based on the novel. (The other three times were in 1950, 1958 and 1970). It starred Emily Watson as Marmee, Willa Fitzgerald as Meg, Maya Hawke as Jo, Annes Elwy as Beth and Kathryn Newton as Amy.