Netflix to remake Anne of Green Gables with Breaking Bad writer
Netflix is teaming up with CBC for a new TV adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, with Emmy-winning writer Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) at its helm.
The eight-episode drama, which will be titled simply Anne, of course takes its basis from the famed book by Lucy Maud Montgomery, which has previously been adapted for the screen in the 1930s and twice again in the ’80s. The story centres around Anne; a young orphaned girl living in 1890, who escapes her abusive background spent in orphanages and foster homes to go and live with an elderly spinster and her brother. Anne soon transforms the lives of both her new guardians and the small town in which they live with her spirit and imagination.
“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,” says Netflix vp of content, Elizabeth Bradley.
“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,” says Miranda de Pencier, who will produce the new series 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.”
Production on Anne is set to begin in Ontario next month.