Netflix Returning to Canada with ‘Anne of the Green Gables’ Adaptation; Greenlights Series from ‘Neighbors’ Scribe
Netflix is making another trip to the Great White North. Today, the streaming giant announced that it is partnering with the Canadian broadcaster CBC on “Anne,” a series adaptation of the classic 1908 novel “Anne of the Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
CBC greenlit “Anne” earlier this year. The show will stream globally on Netflix and be broadcast in Canada on CBC in 2017.
The “Anne” announcement comes on the heels of Netflix’s partnership with the CBC on “Alias Grace,” a miniseries adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name starring Canadians Sarah Gadon (“11.22.63”) and Anna Paquin (“True Blood”), which began principal photography in Ontario, Canada, last week with Canadian Mary Harron (“American Psycho,” “I Shot Andy Warhol”) directing from a script by Canadian actress/filmmaker Sarah Polley (“John Adams,” “Dawn of the Dead”). It will be broadcast in Canada on CBC and stream around the world (outside of Canada) on Netflix.
“Anne” will team showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett (“Breaking Bad,” “Flesh & Bone”), who is writing the entire eight-episode first season of the one-hour series, with Miranda de Pencier (“Beginners,” “Thanks For Sharing”), who is producing under her Northwood Entertainment banner. Niki Caro (“Whale Rider,” “McFarland USA,” “Zookeeper’s Wife”) will direct the show’s two-hour premiere episode.
Production is scheduled to begin next month in Ontario.
“Anne” will tell the story of Anne Shirley, a 13-year-old orphan in 1890, 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 in Prince Edward. Over time, Anne transforms their lives and the small town in which they live with her spirit, intellect and imagination.
“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,” said Elizabeth Bradley, Netflix VP of content, in a statement.
In other Netflix news, “the world’s leading Internet TV network” (as it likes to call itself), announced today that it has greenlit the new comedy series “Friends from College,” from Nick Stoller (“Neighbors,” “Neighbors: Sorority Rising,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Get Him to the Greek”) and Francesca Delbanco. The husband and wife team will serve as executive producers and writers on the series, and Stoller will also direct all eight episodes.
Production will begin this fall in New York with a cast that includes Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele,” “Keanu,” “Don’t Think Twice”), Cobie Smulders (“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” “The Avengers,” “How I Met Your Mother”), Annie Parisse (“Vinyl,” “The Following”), Nat Faxon (“Married,” “American Dad,” “Ben & Kate”), Fred Savage (“The Grinder,” “The Wonder Years”) and Jae Suh Park (“The Mindy Project,” “The Big Short”).