Anne of Green Gables is getting a reboot.
CBC-TV says it has greenlit the TV series Anne, a new adaptation of the children’s novel “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
The eight-episode first season is set to begin production this spring and will debut in 2017. It’s too early to tell if there will be a second season.
The international co-production is created, written and executive-produced by Breaking Bad writer Moira Walley-Beckett.
CBC says the series will follow the book’s coming-of-age storyline but “will also chart new territory.”
That includes tackling issues around identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.
“Adapting Anne’s story really excites me,” Walley-Beckett said Tuesday in a release.
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“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.”
CBC says that like the book, Anne will centre on a young orphan mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother.
Over time, the feisty and imaginative 13-year-old transforms their lives and the small town in which they live.
Also involved are Canadian producer Miranda de Pencier, whose most recent credits include the films Thanks for Sharing and Beginners.
The project also includes Alison Owen and Debra Hayward of the U.K.-based Monumental Pictures. Owen’s titles include Shaun of the Dead, Suffragette and Temple Grandin, while Hayward’s credits include Pride and Prejudice, About a Boy and Love Actually.