Good news for kindred spirits - the irrepressible Anne of Green Gables will be returning to the small screen in 2017.
Breaking Bad writer Moira Walley-Beckett will be heading up the new series, which will be an eight-part adaptation for CBC. Anne of Green Gables follows the titular character as she arrives at Green Gables farm, "ordered" from an orphanage by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. They had wanted a boy to help with the work, but due to a mix up, found a young girl waiting at the station.
The story itself isn't a complicated one. Anne ends up staying with the Cuthberts, and has lots of jolly adventures (and many more misadventures) as she grows up. It's not the plot that has enraptured so many, though. It's Anne herself that captures the heart of her readers. Despite her difficulties, she is a precious and charming girl, the perfect combination of open-hearted and pig-headed. The Anne Shirley series is heartwarming, funny and romantic.
It may seem like a stretch for Walley-Beckett to go from something as dark as meth culture to a cheerful redheaded orphan in the 1900s, but it sounds like she is planning to bring a new perspective to the series.
Anne’s issues are contemporary issues: feminism, prejudice, bullying and a desire to belong.
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.
Hearing her speak about pushing boundaries suggests that this new take Anne will be more gritty than nostalgic, with a focus on her darker emotions as well as the sweetness and light she is famous for.
Given the many (many) existing adaptations of the story, it's incredibly exciting to see someone taking a fresh approach. Walley-Beckett's work on darker projects like Breaking Bad and Flesh and Bone are sure to influence her take on Anne of Green Gables, giving us a much more modern look at Anne Shirley and her adventures.
With an incredible (and all-female) team working alongside Walley-Beckett, this latest take on Anne of Green Gables may even outstrip the beloved 1985 mini-series in popularity.
Source: The Guardian