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.