In 1905, Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874 – 1942) wrote her first novel, Anne of Green Gables, and received rejections from every publisher to whom she sent it. So she put her manuscript “away in a hat box” and there it sat until 1907, when she dusted it off and decided to have another go at getting it published. She succeeded in 1908 and it was an instant best-seller that officially launched her career as a novelist. Over 100 years and several mini-series (1985), musical (1956), film (1934), silent comedy-drama (1919), and stage adaptations later, Lucy’s most famous novel, which has been translated into over 25 languages, is coming to Netflix in 2017 as an 8-episode drama series.
Simply called Anne, the new coming-of-age series “will honor the foundation of the book, but will incorporate new adventures reflecting themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.” Set in 1890, this latest adaption will focus on “a young 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 — and thanks to her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination — 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live.”
Moira Walley-Beckett, who is a 3-time Emmy winner for her work on Breaking Bad, is writing the entire first eight-episode season. Anne starts shooting next month in Ontario, and is set to air in 2017 on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Canada and will stream on Netflix globally.