HBO Europe Nabs Martin Sheen's 'Anne of Green Gables' Movie

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Time Warner's premium TV service will air the reboot of the classic kids novel in Central Europe.

HBO Europe has picked up L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables TV movie, a reboot of the classic Canadian kids novel about the spunky, red-haired orphan Anne Shirley.

The West Wing star Martin Sheen stars in the TV movies from Breakthrough Entertainment now set to air in 14 markets in Central Europe, including Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Financial details weren't disclosed. The first installment of a trilogy, which also stars Ella Ballentine as Anne Shirley and Sara Botsford as Marilla Cuthbert, had earlier runs on PBS in the U.S. and ITV in the UK.

The 1908 Canadian kids novel Anne of Green Gables has sold 50 million copies worldwide. Netflix has its own reboot of the beloved series, Anne, from Emmy-winning writer Moira Walley-Beckett, with Amybeth McNulty in the title role.

Disney Channel aired its own heart-warming portrayal of small-town Canadiana when it broadcast the Anne of Green Gables spinoff drama Avonlea during the '80s and '90s.

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