Posted Mon Aug 22, 2016 at 03:30 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
Anne Shirley is heading to Netflix next year.
Netflix has announced its latest original series, 'Anne.' The upcoming show is based on Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic novel 'Anne of Green Gables.'
"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," said Elizabeth Bradley, Netflix vice president of content.
'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 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 will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live with her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination.
Moira Walley-Beckett ('Breaking Bad,' 'Flesh & Bone') will serve as writer and showrunner for the eight episode, one-hour series. In addition, Niki Caro ('Whale Rider,' 'McFarland USA,' 'Zookeeper's Wife') is on board to direct the two-hour premiere episode, and Miranda de Pencier ('Beginners,' 'Thanks For Sharing') will produce under her Northwood Entertainment banner. An exact release date has not been announced yet, but 'Anne' is set to stream globally through Netflix in 2017. Likewise, the show will also be broadcast in Canada on CBC.
"I am thrilled and inspired to be joining this incredibly talented team, and honored to collaborate on material that brings this iconic character to life in such a bold, fresh, and exciting way," said Niki Caro.
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