From a media release:
CBC has greenlitÂ ANNE, an exceptional, new television series based on the timeless childrenâ€™s novelÂ Anne of Green GablesÂ by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The international co-production will see 2016 Golden Globe-nominee andÂ EmmyÂ® Award-winningÂ Breaking BadÂ alum Moira Walley-Beckett and fellow Canadian producer Miranda de Pencier join forces with Alison Owen (Temple Grandin)Â and Debra Haywardâ€™s (Pride and Prejudice)Â U.K.-based Monumental Pictures to bring the series to life.Â ANNEÂ is expected to begin production this spring and will debut on CBC-TV in 2017 with eight episodes.
At its heart,Â ANNEÂ is a coming-of-age story about an outsider who, against all odds and numerous challenges, fights for acceptance, for her place in the world and for love. The drama series centres on a young orphaned girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live, with her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination. While the new series will follow a similar storyline to the book that millions of readers around the world know and love, it will also chart new territory. Anne and the rest of the characters in and around Green Gables will experience new adventures reflecting timeless issues, including themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting oneâ€™s self.
Walley-Beckett, de Pencier, Owen and Hayward will act as executive producers. The four boast impressive rÃ©sumÃ©s including industry accolades and highly successful projects. Walley-Beckett is a three-time EmmyÂ® Award-winner for the critically acclaimed seriesÂ Breaking BadÂ and was nominated for a 2016 Golden Globe award for the Starz drama,Â Flesh and Bone. Canadian producer Miranda de Pencierâ€™s most recent credits include feature filmsÂ Thanks for SharingÂ andÂ Beginners,Â which earned Christopher Plummer a 2012 Academy AwardÂ® forÂ Best Supporting Actor. U.K.-based producer Alison Owenâ€™s titles includeÂ Shaun of the Dead,Â The Other Boleyn Girl,Â Saving Mr. Banks,Â SuffragetteÂ and the seven-time EmmyÂ® Award-winningÂ Temple Grandin. Atop a long list of achievements, Hayward has produced many films includingÂ Bridget Jonesâ€™s Diary,Â About a Boy,Â Love Actually,Â Wimbeldon,Â Pride and PrejudiceÂ and the multi-award-winning box office hitÂ Les MisÃ©rables.