Anne with an E is popular these days. Not only are we getting a Netflix series in 2017, but PBS is airing another new version, L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables on November 24 of this year. Or at least, new-ish–folks from Canada and New Zealand have already seen it.
For those unfamiliar with Anne of Green Gables, it is the first in a series of books telling the story of Anne, a young orphan accidentally delivered to Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert instead of the boy they planned on adopting. Despite having had a rough start to her life, Anne is cheerful, outgoing, and full of dreams. She also gets herself in and out of all kinds of trouble, makes friends, and has some romance in her life. It’s hard to tell anything much about the adaptation’s take on Anne from the trailer, which shows Anne getting herself into familiar difficulties–breaking the slate over Gilbert’s head has star billing (as well it should).
It is a little worrisome to hear Kate MacDonald Butler, who is both executive producer and L.M. Montgomery’s granddaughter describe the new version as “a more modern take on the story, with darker, edgier moments that take it out of the past and into the present.” A large part of Anne’s appeal is that her story is not “dark and edgy.” Yes, she has a hard past, but she comes out of it still a cheerful, outgoing, positive person prone to “scrapes” rather than tragedies, and that is the tale told in the Anne of Green Gables books.
However, worries about edginess are not going to keep me away from watching Anne joining a three-legged race with Diana or scaring herself with stories of the haunted wood.
What about you? Will you be watching?
The PBS trailer is a little skimpy:
Anne of Green Gables the movie was written by Susan Coyne and stars Ella Ballentine, Sara Botsford, and Martin Sheen.
The movie trailer has a bit more content:
Official Synopsis for L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables
A new adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel tells the story of Anne Shirley, a precocious orphan placed in the care of uptight Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew, played by acclaimed actor Martin Sheen.