Anne of Green Gables Adaptation, Girlboss Premieres Set at Netflix

Two very different, yet incredibly forthright, ladies are about to make their Netflix debuts.

Anne, the streaming video site’s adaptation of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables novel, will premiere on Friday, May 12, Netflix announced Wednesday.

Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) will serve as writer and showrunner of Anne‘s eight-episode first season, in which a 13-year-old redhead orphan named Anne is sent to live with an elderly woman and her brother in 1890. The series will expand on the original concept by dealing with issues of sexism, bullying and prejudice, among others.

In other premiere news, Girlboss, a comedy based on Nasty Girl fashionista Sophia Amoruso’s bestseller #Girlboss, will start strutting the runway on Friday, April 21.

Britt Robertson (Life Unexpected) will play Amoruso, who is described as “a rebellious, broke anarchist” who finds herself building a business when her passion for selling vintage clothes online becomes a fledgling retail empire. Kay Cannon (30 Rock), Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Amoruso are among the series’ executive producers.

Other premieres announced by Netflix on Wednesday include:

Dear White People, a half-hour comedy series based on writer/director/producer Justin Simien’s Sundance award-winning satire, will be available for streaming on Friday, April 28. Watch a trailer below:

* Project MC2, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics series for girls that has been picked up for Seasons 4 and 5, will have a special episode available on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

* Stop-motion kids’ series Buddy Thunderstruck will premiere on Friday, March 10.

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  1. Kim R says:

    I have to admit my mind is not completely open to Netflix’s version of Anne. Megan Follows as Anne is hard to set aside as is Colleen Dewhurst and Richard Farnsworth as the Cuthberts. The filming of that series was so beautiful as well. That said, I’m hoping they do it justice. It’s a great story. :)

    • Ally Oop says:

      This one looks to be much better than the other 3 remakes. From the few scenes I’ve seen, I’ve actually decided I want to see this one. They are doing things with the story that haven’t been done before while remaining true to the book. I too, am a fan of the Meghan Follows version, which, despite being over 30 years old, holds up incredibly well. I’m usually so much against remakes but remember, the Meghan Follows miniseries was an adaptation of the book and a remake itself.

    • Asia says:

      I’m willing to give it a chance. I watched a modern adaptation web series of Anne of Green Gables that I ended up enjoying so maybe this won’t suck, fingers crossed.

  2. Jason says:

    I adore the classic version but If it’s good then I’m definitely in. As long as the music in the trailer is in no way representative of the score of the series :)

  3. Pia says:

    Is this different from the recent PBS adaptation?

    • Jennifer says:

      Yes, the PBS version was a one-time movie with its own cast. This version debuting on Netflix is a new continuing series with a completely different cast. Hope it’s good!

  4. Dude says:

    Don’t read the comment section for Dear White People unless you want your heart to hurt.

  5. Jennifer says:

    This new “Anne” series sounds a little like the animated series that ran (on PBS maybe?) a number of years ago. That tackled issues such as prejudice in a child-friendly way. Nothing will ever take the place of the Megan Follows version in my heart or memory, but there’s always room for more Anne with an E, as long as it’s well written and acted.