Netflix has officially optioned a new adaptation of the popular novel “Anne of Green Gables.” Netflix has not failed before and I’m pretty sure this new adaptation will be AWESOME. Even better it is coming from an all-female team, with writer Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad), producer Miranda de Pencier (Beginners), and director Niki Caro (Whale Rider), helming the two-hour premiere.
The new series will be renamed “Anne” (for some reason I don’t quite understand) and is set to be produced by Canada’s CBC. The first season of “Anne” will include eight one-hour episodes and so far all we know is that it will premiere on Netflix and the CBC in 2017.
“Anne” will be based on the novel, “Anne of Green Gables,” a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in Prince Edward Island.
According to the announcement, the show will go beyond the scope of the novel, “including themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.”