Wynona Ryder and Christian Bale as Jo and Laurie in Little Women/1994
Now that Sony is planning another remake I'll give the movie a gander and the book a re-read, especially as Sarah Polley has been drafted to write the screenplay. Basically I think freshness is guaranteed; the Canadian actor/writer /director is an absolute genius and wouldn't know how to write a staid reboot of a classic if she tried. If you saw her documentary Stories We Tell you probably agree with me. If you haven't seen it, stop reading this right now and go directly to Amazon or Google Play and watch the way Polley plays with reality—and your mind—to tell the spell-binding story of her family. It's like a magic trick. Er, make that go watch it when you finish reading this. Polley also wrote and directed Away from Her, based on the short story Over the Mountain, getting an Oscar nom for her screenplay adaptation of Alice Munro's story about a woman with Alzheimer's.
I just watched the trailer again and realize I totally forgot Gabriel Byrne was the older man who encourages Jo to pursue her dreams of being a writer. Thinking about Jo's writing, her desire to put off marriage and go to New York to be a writer, maybe Little Women is less old-fashioned than I remembered. Watch the trailer; see if you agree?