Throughout the Anne of Green Gables series, Anne Shirley delights readers as an imaginative and bright orphan caught in some inopportune situations. Yet time and time again, strong-willed Anne shows the world how to get through obstacles with charm and a smile on her face. Canada’s CBC announced Tuesday that it has greenlit an adaptation of L.M Montgomery’s beloved children’s tale, set to make it’s debut in 2017. Moira Walley-Beckett, who won an Emmy for her writing on the TV drama Breaking Bad, created an eight-episode TV adaptation of the novels. She will also act as the executive producer.
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This is not the first time Montgomery’s classic has been adapted for television, but based on Walley-Beckett’s excitement, we are expecting greatness: “Anne’s issues are contemporary issues: feminism, prejudice, bullying and a desire to belong.” Walley-Beckett also acknowledged that making the series will not be easy: “The stakes are high and [Anne’s] emotional journey is tumultuous. I’m thrilled to delve deeply into this resonate story, push the boundaries and give it new life.” If her work on Breaking Bad is any indication, then she certainly knows how to push the boundaries.
CBC has also commented on the series saying, “while the show will follow a similar trajectory to Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic children’s novel, it will also explore new territory” and that all characters “will also experience original adventures.” Sounds like a refreshing take on a coming-of-age classic!
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Oh, Anne; so wise and so honest. Who else can’t wait until 2017?
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