The streaming giant is teaming with CBC on the forthcoming TV adaptation of the popular book, it was announced Monday.
First announced in January, Anne hails from Emmy-winning writer Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) and the two-hour series premiere will be directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider). The eight-episode drama will stream globally on Netflix and air on CBC in Canada in 2017.
Like the famed book by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the series centers on a young orphaned girl in 1890, 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 transforms their lives and eventually the small town in which they live with her spirit, intellect and imagination.
Miranda de Pencier (Beginners) will executive produce under her Northwood Entertainment banner. Wally-Beckett, the series’ showrunner, also will exec produce with Alison Owen (Saving Mr. Banks) and Debra Hayward (Bridget Jones’s Diary). Susan Murdoch will produce. Production is set to begin next month in Ontario.
“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,” Netflix vp content Elizabeth Bradley said in a statement.
Said de Pencier: “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. Netflix as our global partner means Anne’s indomitable spirit can now enter homes and hearts all over the world.”
First published in 1908, Anne of Green Gables has been adapted multiple times for film and television. In addition to three movies, the most famous TV versions include a 1972 miniseries produced in Great Britain that spawned a sequel miniseries, as well as a 1985 miniseries also produced by CBC that spawned a sequel miniseries on the Disney Channel. An animated series aired on PBS in 2000, and the station also is set to air the Canadian TV movie L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables in November.