“Anne” is coming to Netflix, and the iseries now has a showrunner and writer in Moira Walley-Beckett. An Emmy winner for her work on “Breaking Bad,” Walley-Beckett has also been tasked with adapting Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 children’s novel “Anne of Green Gables.” Niki Caro (“Whale Rider”) is directing the two-hour pilot episode.
Miranda de Pencier (“Beginners”) will produce the eight-episode first season, which tells the story of an orphan mistakenly sent to live with an old woman in 1890. “I am thrilled and inspired to be joining this incredibly talented team, and honored to collaborate on material that brings this iconic character to life in such a bold, fresh, and exciting way,” Caro said in a statement; her enthusiasm was matched by Walley-Beckett, who added that “I adore Anne! Exploring and expanding her story with new depth for a new generation has been exhilarating!”
The show, a co-production of Netflix and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, is scheduled to go into production next month. It will air on the streaming service and on CBC in 2017.