Tuesday, 29 October 2013

They're Making a New 'Little Women' Movie

Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is one of my all-time favourite books and its 1994 adaptation is one of my all-time favourite films. As you can imagine the news that there's going to be another adaptation hasn't left me at all pleased! I'm trying to be open-minded but I just don't see the need for another movie! A TV miniseries could be great because then it could be longer and could include more from the book - but what's the point of another movie?! Does anyone else agree with me? Or disagree?


Mizzie-Me said...

This IS a bit strange, because the 1994 film is really nice – in my opinion, one of those extremely few movie adaptations that manage to be BETTER than the book they're based on, though that's just my opinion. Seriously though, what "improvements" would they make on this new film? The 1994 one doesn't have any terrible flaws that are screaming to be mended, unlike the 1968 Oliver! film that we two "adore" so much...

Sarah said...

My first thought was "alright!" so I guess I don't mind. I certainly don't think they need another version, but it has been almost 20 years since 94 so it doesn't seem too strange... I do agree that a mini-series is a better idea though. I'm very interested to see the cast -- has it been cast yet? It'll be hard to top the 94 cast, that's for sure.

Hannah said...

Mizzie - Hee hee! :D Anyway for me to like this new LW film it's going to have to be highly faithful to the book - but still be sufficiently different to the 1994 film for it to justify its existence. Also it will need an amazing cast because Christian Bale, Claire Danes, Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon's performances won't be easily topped! I'm really curious about this new film and I'll probably still see it but I'm also very, very sceptical! :D

Sarah - There hasn't been any casting news just yet. I WAS doing some thinking about a possible cast the other day though. I must admit that I think Amanda Seyfried could make a brilliant Older Amy.

Ruby Danderfluff said...

Actually haven't seen the '94 version yet, but your comments are rather tempting me! Our family must look into this. Stat.

A miniseries *might* be able to do it justice, I agree. Miniseries are almost always superior.

With this day's usual formula of what sells in the period drama markets, I'm a little afraid that fidelity to the book will not be seen as nearly imperative than changing the characters to suit a modern audience. I don't know, could be very wrong; definitely hope so!

Sounds like a dream casting is in order, Indigo! =D

Hannah said...

The 1994 film is beautiful! It doesn't look remotely dated even though it came out almost 20 years ago. The music is gorgeous. The acting is wonderful. Even the trailer makes me feel emotional!


It's also highly faithful to the book. Yes it leaves out some scenes. We don't really get to see what Meg's married life is like and Beth's friendship with Mr Laurence is only touched on. But aside from that it's extremely faithful and I completely recommend it!

I wouldn't count on a dream casting from me. I'm really struggling to think of actors for this new upcoming version! I do think Amanda Seyfried could make a wonderful Older Amy. She's 27 but she can pass for much younger. And Michael Fassbender would be my top choice to play Professor Bhaer. He was born in Germany, he's half-German and he speaks the language! And if he played Bhaer I might even end up preferring him over Laurie which would be a first! But I can't really think of any other actors.