As was reported back in January, there’s a new Anne of Green Gables adaptation in the works, from the CBC and Breaking Bad writer Moira Walley-Beckett. Now Netflix says they’re picking it up for audiences in America and elsewhere around the world. A celebratory round of raspberry cordial for everyone!
That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter. They report that the eight-part series—titled Anne—will debut in 2017, on the CBC and Netflix. Whale Rider’s Niki Caro will direct the first episode; production kicks off next month. Said Netflix VP of Content Elizabeth Bradley:
“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.”
This is of course merely the latest run at L.M. Montgomery’s beloved series:
First published in 1908, Anne of Green Gables has been adapted multiple times for film and television. In addition to three films, the most famous TV versions include a 1972 miniseries produced in Britain that spawned a sequel miniseries, as well as a 1985 miniseries also produced by CBC that spawned a sequel miniseries on the Disney Channel. An animated series aired on PBS in 2000, and the station is also set to air the Candadian TV movie L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables in November.
Fewer unnecessary sword-and-sandal remakes, more retellings of classic literature, children’s and otherwise (but actually good ones).