A three-part contemporary adaption of Little Women is coming to PBS’s MASTERPIECE, thanks to a collaboration between Playground productions, the BBC, and PBS. The series will feature the same characters fans of the book know and love, but the adaptation will open up the story to new audiences.
“Bringing alive this beloved American novel for a new generation of PBS viewers is a dream come true,” Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and general manager, general audience programming, PBS, said in a press release published on Thursday. “In the hands of Rebecca Eaton and Colin Callender’s Playground, and with the superb talents of writer Heidi Thomas, we are confident this story of strong women will resonate with both new and longtime fans of MASTERPIECE.”
Filming starts in July and cast members will be announced soon.
This is not the first time Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 1868 novel following the lives of Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March has been adapted. The storyline was made for the big screen in 1918, 1949, 1950, 1978, and Katharine Hepburn starred as the headstrong Jo in the 1933 film. Winona Ryder played the lead role alongside Clare Danes, Susan Sarandon, and Kirsten Dunst in the 1994 version.
“There are only a handful of American books that have resonated with readers for as long as Little Women,” Rebecca Eaton, MASTERPIECE executive producer, said in the press release. “To put this deeply moving story in the hands of a writer with the heart and depth of Heidi Thomas seems just right. And Colin Callender will oversee this production with the magic he brings to everything he touches, whether its Wolf Hall or the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, currently selling out in London.”
News of the Little Women mini-series comes just a week before the Netflix release of a miniseries based on another classic novel, Anne of Green Gables.