After Lady Bird, our imaginary BFF Greta Gerwig probably has her pick of just about any project she wants — as she damn well should. But it looks like the filmmaker behind last year’s awards season fave is sticking to the coming-of-age genre (for now), with a new take on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. If that match made in heaven isn’t enough for you, try this: Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet and Florence Pugh are all circling parts in what is now officially my favorite movie of whatever year it’s released.
Wes Anderson is known for a lot of things: An idiosyncratic and detail-oriented style, masterful use of color, nice dress socks, keeping Bill Murray employed… and killing (fictional) dogs. In 2012, following the release of Moonrise Kingdom, a New Yorker piece asked, “Does Wes Anderson Hate Dogs?” Perhaps it’s no coincidence that his latest effort, a stop-motion adventure set in Japan, is called Isle of Dogs. When you say it out loud, it sounds like “I love dogs”; the title itself refutes the notion that Anderson has it out for man’s best friend.
Following the success of Lady Bird, it’s easy to imagine that Greta Gerwig has received her fair share of offers to direct other projects, but like the title character in her solo directorial debut, Gerwig has her own plan in mind. That plan involves making three more films set in Sacramento — the city where Gerwig grew up, which serves as the inspiration and setting for Saoirse Ronan’s own coming of age in Lady Bird.