Listen: Greta Gerwig ‘Was Hell Bent on’ Directing ‘Little Women’

There was no chance that Greta Gerwig was not going to direct “Little Women.”She was originally hired to write the screenplay, but then insisted on directing, too.

“I told them no one else could direct it; I must direct it,” Gerwig recalls on Thursday’s episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast.

“They were like, ‘Alright.

Well, you’ve never directed anything or … you’ve never solo directed anything.”This happened before Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, “Lady Bird,” was released, but Sony was willing to take the chance.

“I was hell bent on it,” Gerwig said.

“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

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