Gritty ‘Little Women’ Series in Development at CW

CBS Studios’ production is based partly on Louisa May Alcott’s literary classic and set on the dystopic streets of Philadelphia

The “Little Women” are returning to the small screen, but they might look a bit different this time around. CBS Studios and The CW have put into development a dystopian take on the Louisa May Alcott classic, TheWrap has learned.

The series, from CBS in association with Solar Drive Productions, follows Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy, now “disparate, half-sisters,” as they band together in order to survive the dystopic streets of Philadelphia and unravel a conspiracy that stretches far beyond anything they have ever imagined — all while trying not to kill each other in the process.

Michael Weatherly will be an executive producer on the project, with Alexis Jolly as a writer and exec producer as well.

“Little Women” has been adapted several times for the screen, most famously in 1994 with Winona Ryder, Claire Danes and Christian Bale starring.