Anne of Green Gables Reboot in 2017

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Anne of Green Gables Reboot in 2017

Post by Timothy » Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:26 am

CBC plans to reboot Anne of Green Gables for an eight episode series in 2017. According to the following article, the characters will explore contemporary themes of sexism, prejudice and feminism. I'm sure this will all go over well in the Victorian era. :roll:

Anne of Green Gables gets a TV reboot
CBC series Anne will give a modern twist to Lucy Maud Montgomery’s heroine By: Debra Yeo Staff Reporter, Published on Tue Jan 12 2016

A beloved Canadian literary heroine is getting a 21st-century TV makeover.

CBC has greenlit a new series based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables.
But while Anne will follow a similar storyline to the book about an orphan in the late 1800s who transforms the lives of the elderly brother and sister she comes to live with in Prince Edward Island, the series “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 one’s self,” CBC said in a news release.

The show is the brainchild of producer Miranda de Pencier, the Torontonian behind the Alberta-set drama Wild Roses also known for producing the 2003 movie Beginners, which won Christopher Plummer an Oscar.

De Pencier brought the idea to Moira Walley-Beckett, a fellow Canadian who was a writer and producer on Breaking Bad and created the Golden Globe-nominated ballet drama Flesh and Bone.

They’re teaming with U.K.-based producers Alison Owen (Temple Grandin) and Debra Hayward (Pride and Prejudice) of Monumental Pictures.

“Anne’s issues are contemporary issues: feminism, prejudice, bullying and a desire to belong,” Walley-Beckett said in the news release. “The stakes are high and her emotional journey is tumultuous.”

“Moira has found a way to make this classic heroine . . . feel wonderfully fresh and modern,” added de Pencier...

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Re: Anne of Green Gables Reboot in 2017

Post by Gwendolene » Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:46 pm

Well, she does have a bit of a point! Identity is a pretty strong theme as is a desire to belong, and trusting in one's self.
Bullying, feminism, and prejudice are a bit more tenuous. Although, bullying/name calling does occur (maybe they'll make it a bigger issue, IDK?).

Prejudice against orphans is certainly there in Rachel Lynde and Mrs. Berry.

Feminism-- "You don't want me because I'm not a boy?" and from an historical standpoint, Gilbert is into Anne because she's clever and opinionated, and while she may not be the strongest of characters, she is certainly a contrast to many of the heroines of her day (even some of L.M. Montgomery's own), so I will approach this one with cautious optimism!
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