Get ready to return to Avonlea with today’s announcement that CBC has greenlit Anne, a new eight-episode seres based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved Anne of Green Gables novels.
“We’re thrilled to be working with this exceptionally talented group of women on this exciting project,”; said Tara Ellis, executive director, scripted content at CBC. “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.”;
Here’s the official synopsis:
At its heart, ANNE is a coming-of-age story about an outsider who, against all odds and numerous challenges, fights for acceptance, for her place in the world and for love. The drama series centres on a young orphaned girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live, with her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination. While the new series will follow a similar storyline to the book that millions of readers around the world know and love, it will also chart new territory. Anne and the rest of the characters in and around Green Gables will experience new adventures reflecting timeless issues, including themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.
A made-for-TV movie Production is expected to being this spring.
Anne, however, isn’t the only Green Gables adaptation coming our way; a made-for-TV movie is set to air on YTV later this year, starring Ella Ballentine as Anne and Martin Sheen as her father figure, Matthew Cuthbert.
The original Anne of Green Gables TV series, starring Megan Follows, premiered in 1985 and remains beloved by TV viewers throughout the world.