Revealing itself as a kindred spirit, Netflix has picked up the CBC‘s Anne TV show — a reboot of Anne of Green Gables TV series, based on the Lucy Maud Montgomery novel. The eight-episode series is set in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island, Canada, a fictionalized town inspired by Montgomery’s hometown of Cavendish. Reign‘s Megan Follows starred in the CBC’s 1985 live-action Anne of Green Gables mini-series.
Moira Walley-Beckett, of Breaking Bad and Flesh and Bone, is executive producing with Miranda de Pencier, Alison Owen, and Debra Hayward. Niki Caro is directing. Susan Murdoch is producing. Production on Anne is slated for September in Ontario, Canada. Casting is yet to be announced.
Montgomery wrote several sequels to the original Anne of Green Gables novel: Anne of Avonlea; Anne of the Island; Anne of Windy Poplars (aka Anne of Windy Willows); Anne’s House of Dreams; and Anne of Ingleside.
The author also included the Anne Shirley character in Rainbow Valley; Rilla of Ingleside; and The Blythes Are Quoted, although these stories mostly focus on the character’s family and friends.
Anne appears or is mentioned in Chronicles of Avonlea and Further Chronicles of Avonlea. If the first season of Anne wows viewers, there is plenty of source material to inspire subsequent seasons or spin-off series.
Get the details on the upcoming Anne TV series, from this Netflix press release.
Netflix Teams with Northwood Entertainment on New TV Series ANNE, An Iconic Story Based On The Famous Novel Anne of Green Gables
Written by Emmy® Award winner Moira Walley-Beckett, the new ongoing series will introduce the timeless character to viewers around the world. Director Niki Caro to direct two-hour series premiere
LOS ANGELES/TORONTO, August 22, 2016 – Netflix and CBC are joining forces with Showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett and Miranda de Pencier’s Northwood Entertainment for the highly anticipated dramatic television series ANNE, based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s timeless classic novel Anne of Green Gables. CBC greenlit the eight-episode, one-hour series earlier this year. The show will stream globally on Netflix and be broadcast in Canada on CBC in 2017.
Award-winning director Niki Caro (Whale Rider, McFarland USA, Zookeeper’s Wife) has signed on to direct the two-hour premiere episode. Caro teams up with three-time Emmy® Award and Golden Globe winner Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad, Flesh & Bone), who is writing the entire first season of the series produced by Miranda de Pencier (Beginners, Thanks For Sharing) under her Northwood Entertainment banner. This all-female powerhouse trio undoubtedly makes ANNE one of this year’s most anticipated television series. Production is scheduled to begin this September in Ontario, Canada.
ANNE is a coming-of-age story about an outsider who, against all odds and numerous challenges, fights for acceptance for her place in the world and for love. The series centers on a young orphaned girl in 1890, who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live with her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination.
“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,” said Elizabeth Bradley, Netflix vice president of content.
“I am thrilled and inspired to be joining this incredibly talented team, and honored to collaborate on material that brings this iconic character to life in such a bold, fresh, and exciting way,” said Niki Caro.
Moira Walley-Beckett said: “I adore Anne! Exploring and expanding her story with new depth for a new generation has been exhilarating!”
“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,” said Northwood’s Miranda de Pencier, who brought the idea of the series development to Walley-Beckett, the CBC, and Netflix under her Northwood Entertainment banner. Netflix as our global partner means ANNE’s indomitable spirit can now enter homes and hearts all over the world.”
While the new series will honor the foundation of the novel held as a Canadian treasure and global phenomenon, ANNE will also chart new territory. Anne and the rest of the characters will experience adventures reflecting timeless issues including themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.
Walley-Beckett and de Pencier developed and will executive produce the series. Alison Owen (Saving Mr. Banks) and Debra Hayward (Bridget Jones Diary, Les Miserables) are also attached to executive produce and Susan Murdoch will produce.
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About Northwood Entertainment
Northwood Entertainment is an independent film and television production company formed with a mission to create a thriving home for filmmakers with singular voices to reach broad audiences. The company’s slate mixes film and television from both established and emerging talent.
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective.
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