News Briefs: Lea Thompson to Lead New ‘Little Women’

Switched At Birth

Little Women: Lea Thompson (TV’s Switched at Birth, above) will star in a new big-screen version of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. First published in 1868, the novel was most recently adapted in 1994. Thompson will portray family matriarch Marmee; her Switched at Birth costar Lucas Grabeel will play the supporting role of Laurie. Clare Niederpruem and Kristi Shimek wrote the script and Niederpruem will make her directorial debut. The movie is aiming for theatrical release next year. [Deadline]

Masters of the Universe

Masters of the Universe: A new version of Masters of the Universe (1987 version pictured above) has nabbed a release date, but lost its director. McG, who boarded the project early last year, has now departed and so Sony is searching for a new helmer. On the positive side, yet another writer is retooling the script — blockbuster veteran David S. Goyer (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) — and the movie is now set for release on December 18, 2019. []

3 Generations

3 Generations: The Weinstein Co. contested the R rating that was originally assigned to 3 Generations, a drama about a teenager (Elle Fanning) who decides to transition from female to male and the effect it has upon her mother (Naomi Watts) and grandmother (Susan Sarandon). Reportedly, the distributor made “some edits to the film as a compromise” and the movie has been reclassified with a PG-13 rating. [USA Today]

Hounds of Love

Hounds of Love Trailer: A new trailer for Hounds of Love quickly generates an unsettling tone. The suspense-thriller follows a young woman (Ashleigh Cummings) who is kidnapped by a disturbed couple (Emma Booth and Stephen Curry); she must try to drive them apart in order to survive. The movie will open on May 12. [Movieclips]