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Sarah Polley May Pen 'Little Women' Adaptation For Sony

Can anyone but Winona Ryder play Jo?

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: Sarah Polley attends the 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Louisa May Alcott's classic novel "Little Women" is set for another cinematic adaptation, and Canada's own Sarah Polley is in talks to write it, reports say.

Polley, who adapted an Alice Munro short story into the acclaimed 2006 film "Away From Her," is in talks to pen a new big-screen version of the book that will be produced by Amy Pascal for Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Wrap reported.

It is not yet certain whether Polley will direct the film; a source told the website she wants to finish writing the screenplay before making any decision about helming the picture.

The beloved story of "Little Women," which was first published in 1880, tells of the four March sisters, who are living in poverty with their determined mother after their father goes to fight in the American Civil War. Along the way they encounter tragedy and form stronger bonds.

The last time "Little Women" was made into a big-screen picture was a financially successful 1994 film starring Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst and Trini Alvarado.

Sony's attempts to adapt "Little Women" can be traced back to 2013, but it is now inching closer to reality with Pascal, Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord producing, said The Hollywood Reporter.

Pascal is stepping down from her role as co-chair at Sony Pictures following the hacking scandal, which forced her and producer Scott Rudin to apologize when emails emerged showing racially insensitive remarks about Barack Obama.

But it doesn't appear to have slowed down her work as a producer. Pascal will also produce Sony's "Ghostbusters" adaptation, which will feature an all-female cast of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.

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