Stop everything. A new 'Anne of Green Gables' TV show is coming to Netflix.

It’s hard for me to imagine growing up in a world without the adventures of Anne Shirley, the lovable red-headed orphan at the center of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables. 

Anne of Green Gables and its sequels taught me about the power of friendship and imagination and introduced me to my first literary crush Gilbert Blythe. A crush that would only grow after I saw the 1985 mini-series (and in my opinion the best adaptation) starring Megan Follows as Anne and Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert. Swoon.

Now a whole new generation will have the chance to head out to Green Gables and get to know Anne.

On Monday, Netflix announced it’s teaming up with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to stream a new series simply called Anne.

“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 of content, Elizabeth Bradley said in a statement

The 8-episode drama will be written by Emmy Award winning writer Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) and the first episode will be directed by Whale Rider‘s Niki Caro.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, like Lucy Maud Montgomery’s book, Anne will tell the story of an abused, orphaned girl in 1890 who is mistakenly sent to live with a pair of elderly siblings on Prince Edward Island, but will also include some new adventures.

“Anne’s issues are contemporary issues: feminism, prejudice, bullying and a desire to belong,” Walley-Beckett said when the project was first announced back in January. “The stakes are high and her emotional journey is tumultuous. I’m thrilled to delve deeply into this resonant story, push the boundaries and give it new life,”

No casting information has been released as of yet, but the search for Anne has been underway for weeks now. So, don’t start making your raspberry cordial quite yet.

Filming is scheduled to begin next month in Ontario and Anne will debut on Netflix and on CBC in 2017.

Note: If the producers need any help with their Gilbert Blythe search, I’m definitely willing to help.

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