Now a new generation can be introduced to the world of beloved orphan Anne Shirley, her adoptive family Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, and her friends Diana Barry and Gilbert Blythe. Netflix is teaming up with Canadian network CBC to adapt the Lucy Maud Montgomery novel into an eight-episode series, which will be called ANNE. The series (which will be ongoing if renewed) will be available to stream on Netflix globally and on Canadian television in 2017.
An all-female team—director, writer, and producer—are bringing the adaptation to life, with filming slated to start this September. Netflix also announced that while the series will stay true to the foundation of the novel, the show will “chart new territory,” as well, and explore themes of “identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.”
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For those who aren’t familiar with the Lucy Maud Montgomery classic, Anne of Green Gables tells the story of an orphan who is adopted by a sister and brother after she mistakenly gets sent to live with them. The novel charts Anne’s growth and experiences in the small town. It’s been adapted into numerous films, television movies, and series throughout the years. Right now, it’s unclear if the series will also cover the sequels, following Anne through college and married life.