Anne (with an E) is coming to Netflix
Netflix has joined Canada’s CBC to produce a remake of classic drama series Anne Of Green Gables, based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 novel.
Fans of the lead character Anne Shirley, will know Anne makes a big point of accentuating the fact her name has an ‘E’ on the end, so the network seems to has taken this to heart simply naming the eight-part series Anne.
Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) will serve as writer and showrunner on Anne – which follows the trials and tribulations of a 11-year-old orphaned girl who is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly woman and her brother in 1890 who originally intended to adopt a boy. Anne, they soon discover is much more than her red hair, pigtails and freckles, as her vivid imagination and chatty determination grows on the siblings.
The much loved story has been adapted for stage, film and most noticeably TV in 1985 starring Megan Follows (Reign) in the title role. Montgomery later followed Green Gables with a series of novels charting Anne’s life.
The new series will see Anne integrate new adventures into the beloved story, tackling issues of “identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.”
Executive Producer Miranda de Pencier, said: “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. Netflix as our global partner means Anne’s indomitable spirit can now enter homes and hearts all over the world.”
Anne is set to begin filming in Ontario, Canada this September.