Anne Shirley – Canada’s spunkiest, red-headed heroine – is headed to TV again with the news that a reboot is officially in the works.
CBC has ordered production on a television series that will revisit Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables novel. Revolving around the 13-year-old orphan and her adventures with her adopted family and friends, the eight-episode reboot comes 31 years after the original Megan Follows-starrer aired on CBC.
Created, written and executive produced by Emmy-winning Breaking Bad alum and Flesh and Bone creator Moira Walley-Beckett, the show promises to follow the novel’s original storyline. But there’ll be a twist: according to a press release, Anne will also “chart new territory” by diving into themes that meant to resonate with younger viewers.
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“Adapting Anne’s story really excites me,” says Walley-Beckett in a statement. “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.”
While that immediately begs the questions whether Anne’s adorable “Lady of Shalott” scene will make the cut, viewers will have to bide their time to binge watch the new show: Production on Anne won’t begin until spring, and will debut on Canada’s CBC-TV sometime in 2017.