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Why it's a perfect time for Greta Gerwig's version of 'Little Women'

Why it's a perfect time for Greta Gerwig's version of 'Little Women'

Screenwriter Robin Swicord remembers the questions: Why make another movie out of “Little Women”? It’s been done before, right? And quite well. What could another version possibly have to offer?

Swicord heard those queries in 1994 while promoting the last film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel about the smart, strong and independent-minded March sisters. And she’s hearing echoes of those same complaints-framed-as-questions today as a producer on Greta Gerwig’s recently announced new version of “Little Women.”

And, yes, she finds the logic behind the questioning rather … interesting.

“I remember right after our ‘Little Women’ came out,...

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