The Netflix and CBC adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s children novel Anne of Green Gables has been renewed for a second season. The reboot that I once called “pesky” has been commissioned for a 10 episode run that will air sometime in 2018. To say I’m excited would be an understatement.
Anne with an E (or simply Anne north of the border) was billed as a “gritty” adaptation. Despite the inherent darkness the program brought with it, it proved to be a critical darling. Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) stayed true to the first book in Montgomery’s highly popular series. She introduced Anne (played to perfection by scrappy newcomer Amybeth McNulty) to Green Gables and the Cuthberts, but she also decided to take the show in a few new directions. One of the biggest twists came in the form of Matthew Cuthbert. I won’t tell how the show differed from the novels because of spoilers but let’s just say it’s a pretty important change.
Next season, we shall see the precocious redhead deal with even more drama and hardships. Netflix has said Anne will “continue to chart bold new territory, adding new characters and story lines and continuing to explore themes of identity, prejudice, feminism, bullying, gender parity and empowerment.” All of which is pretty awesome when you consider the fact that Walley-Beckett has built an entirely female writers room for the new series.
“This season is brave and bold and full of wonder,” Walley-Beckett said in a statement. “It is colourful, exciting, action-packed and, of course, full of heart. I can’t wait to share all the brand new adventures!”
Truthfully, we can’t wait for the new series either. Anne with an E is currently streaming on Netflix.
(Originally posted at 4ye.co.uk.)