The iconic novel Anne of Green Gables is undergoing a 21st century makeover with the release of new Netflix original ANNE.
Anne of Green Gables has been a classic since it was published in the early twentieth century by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. It’s been remastered into numerous feature length films, kid spin-off series, newer children’s stories, and has even made its way to theater. Netflix is the most recent platform to pick up and adapt the story of Anne Shirley, the 11-year-old orphan who was mistakenly sent to a pair of siblings on Prince Edward Island.
CBC and Netflix are teaming up with Northwood Entertainment to produce the eight-episode series with hour-long installments. The reboot is expected to stream globally on Netflix and broadcast throughout Canada on CBC in September of next year.
Niki Caro, award-winning director of Whale Rider, McFarland USA, and Zookeeper’s Wife, is on board to direct the two-hour premiere. She and Moira Walley-Beckett, three-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Winner of Breaking Bad and Flesh and Bone, are joining forces to write the entire first season of the show. Produced by Miranda de Pencier of Northwood Entertainment, the show is one of the most highly anticipated series this year, especially under the all-female, influential trio.
Elizabeth Bradley, Netflix VP of content, said she believes the timing is right for a revamp of Anne of Green Gables and thinks it’s pressing for Anne Shirley to change with the times.
“Anne Shirley is one of Canada’s greatest gifts to the world, known and loved internationally, so we’re thrilled to be working with the CBC and Northwood to bring this charismatic character to both new and old fans around the world,” Bradley said.
ANNE, while closely following the 1908 novel’s plot, adds new dimensions to the characters, storylines, and thematic issues. Topics to be explored in the upcoming series will heavily revolve around sexism, identity, bullying, prejudice, and trust. Characters will dive into perilous adventures throughout this coming-of-age original as they did in Montgomery’s novel, but Netflix’s modern twists on the story will create a more relatable narrative for all ages.
Northwood’s de Pencier said she is thrilled to be working with Walley-Beckett and is counting down the minutes to ANNE’S premiere.
“Moira Walley-Beckett has written eight riveting, funny, emotional, surprising, beautiful hours of television. With the extraordinary talent of Niki Caro at the helm, we can’t wait to deliver our show to Netflix, CBC and the world,” she said. “Netflix as our global partner means ANNE‘s indomitable spirit can now enter homes and hearts all over the world.”
Developed and produced by Walley-Beckett and de Pencier, and using executive producers Debra Hayward (Les Miserables, Bridget Jones’ Diary) and Alison Owen (Saving Mr. Banks), the show is expected to air and stream in September 2017. Many ‘Oh, Gilbert!’ fans are anxiously awaiting its arrival, as well as the show’s creators.
“I am thrilled and inspired to be joining this incredibly talented team,” director Caro said. “I’m honored to collaborate on material that brings this iconic character to life in such a bold, fresh, and exciting way.”