Lady Bird and Little Women director Greta Gerwig has confirmed her plans to create a new musical.
Preparing herself for yet another Oscars run with her latest feature film, Gerwig details how she was “hell bent” on directing Little Women despite initially being hired to write the screenplay: “I told them no one else could direct it; I must direct it,” Gerwig said as part of a new Variety podcast.
The film, a coming-of-age period drama which has been written and directed by Gerwig, has a star-studded cast which includes the likes of Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep and more.
The picture, which arrives as the eighth film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel of the same name, explores the lives of the March sisters in 1860s New England in the aftermath of the American Civil War.
“I was hell bent on it,” Gerwig added. “It’s funny because I have never quite gone after something like that. I felt the confidence I had was, in some ways, the confidence of the character Jo and Louisa May Alcott as Jo. Then similarly when Saoirse [Ronan] heard I was thinking about making the movie, she just told me she was going to be Jo. It wasn’t like, ‘I’d like to play Jo.’ It was, ‘I’ll be playing Jo.’”
She continued: “The belovedness makes it terrifying, but the terrifying is also part of what makes it also attractive to me. Also what a big canvas it was, how complex the story was, how sprawling it was.
“Every single day on set was a huge day,” she said. “It’s like, ‘What day is this today? Oh, the day when Beth dies’ or ‘What day is it today? Oh, [Jo] almost kills [Amy].’ There was never a day that was small.”
Elsewhere in the episode, Gerwig confirmed that she is currently working on a new musical which has been built on her love for tap dancing. “One thing I feel that the world is really missing right now is tap dancing,” she said while trying to remain tightlipped on the project.