Anne of Green Gables is a timeless treasure for anyone and everyone who loves bold characters, heart-warming stories and tales from the past. While we’re busy binge-watching Stranger Things (didja see Eleven’s shaved-head transformation yet?) and perusing the secret codes that will let us access seemingly endless categories, Netflix is getting ready to take us back to Green Gables for new stories of our favorite redhead.
Many fans know Anne not only from the classic books written by Lucy Maud Montgomery in the early 1900s, but also from the 1985 movie that starred Megan Follows as the precocious 11-year-old orphan, Anne Shirley. When she’s adopted by an older brother and sister to work on their farm, Anne attempts to adjust to her new life while also managing to get herself into plenty of trouble.
Now, Anne is back, as Netflix and CBC join with Northwood Entertainment to bring us ANNE, which will consist of eight one-hour episodes created by an all-woman team. The fantastic team consists of Niki Caro (Whale Rider), who will be directing the special two-hour premiere, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) who will write the first season — yes, they’re leaving room open for a second season — as well as Miranda de Pencier (Thanks for Sharing) who is producing the new series.
This time around, a 13-year-old Anne will be facing new challenges and “new territory,” like “timeless issues including themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice and trusting one’s self.” With no news yet on who will play Anne herself, we’ll be eager to find out when the show streams globally on Netflix and is broadcast in Canada on CBC in 2017.
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