Thirty years after Megan Follows stole everyone’s heart as the indomitable orphan Anne Shirley in Kevin Sullivan’s miniseries Anne of Green Gables, Canada’s CBC has announced the production of a new eight-part series scheduled for 2017.
CBC said the production would also introduce new elements “reflecting timeless issues, including themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self”.
“Adapting Anne’s story really excites me,” said writer Moira Walley-Beckett. “Anne’s issues are contemporary issues: feminism, prejudice, bullying and a desire to belong. The stakes are high and her emotional journey is tumultuous. I’m thrilled to delve deeply into this resonant story, push the boundaries and give it new life.”
Walley-Beckett, who grew up in Vancouver, Canada, has won an Emmy for her work on Breaking Bad. She will be working with Walley-Beckett Canadian producer Miranda de Pencier, and Alison Owen and Debra Hayward’s Monumental Pictures.
CBC scripted content executive director Tara Ellis said: “We’re thrilled to be working with this exceptionally talented group of women on this exciting project. This new take on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved story will be highly anticipated by fans of Anne and a whole new generation of viewers who have yet to meet her.”
I have a feeling that Anne of Green Gables fans will be none too pleased with producers pushing too much of a modern take on Anne, and the actress chosen to play Anne Shirley has some rather big shoes to fill.