A new Anne of Green Gables TV series is being planned
One of Canada’s most well-known and beloved literary characters will be returning to TV, in a new 13-episode series of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s “Anne of Green Gables”.
First published in 1908, more than 50 million of the Anne books have been sold. There are eight classic “Anne of Green Gables” novels. Montgomery’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler, says she believes there is keen appetite for a new televised version. Sullivan Entertainment brought “Anne” to television in the 1980s. "But I think it is now time for a new interpretation — that was almost 30 years ago.”
The new show is expected to begin production in the summer of 2013 but likely won’t air until the following year. Both Butler and executive producer Joan Lambur think it’s important that the role of Anne Shirley be played by a Canadian and preferably one with real red hair. But Lambur said she doesn’t picture the new Anne of Green Gables will follow in the mode of the original or other popular period series such as Road to Avonlea. Think more along the lines of “Little House on the Prairie” meets “Downton Abbey.” “I picture it a little more truthful and a little less sweet,” she said.