Anne of Green Gables is headed for Netflix

By News Corp Australia Network

Megan Follows in scene from the television mini-series Anne of Green Gables.
Megan Follows in scene from the television mini-series Anne of Green Gables.

A new TV adaptation of the classic children's novel Anne of Green Gables is headed to Netflix.

But for fans of the beloved 1980s version, which starred Megan Follows as the fiery heroine Anne Shirley, the new show could come as a surprise.

The upcoming eight-episode series has been penned by Moira Walley-Beckett, who won an Emmy for her work on Breaking Bad, a critically acclaimed series about a science teacher-turned-meth manufacturer, The New York Times reports.

Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert and Megan Follows as Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables.
Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert and Megan Follows as Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables.

Anne of Green Gables, the 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, followed the adventures of Anne Shirley, an orphan sent to live with a pair of elderly siblings on Prince Edward Island.

The stunning Canadian location has become a tourist destination for fans of the book and TV show.




The new series, which was greenlit by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, will be directed by Niki Caro, best known for the movie Whale Rider.

Netflix vice president Elizabeth Bradley praised the upcoming program, which will premiere next year.

"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," Bradley said.

- news.com.au

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