Netflix is joining forces with CBC and Northwood Entertainment to bring ANNE to the small screen in 2017. Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic Anne of Green Gables novel, the eight-episode, one-hour series will stream globally on Netflix and broadcast in Canada on CBC next year.
“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.
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.
“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.
Production is scheduled to begin this September in Ontario, Canada. Are you looking forward to a new Anne of Green Gables adaptation? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.