Canadian production company Breakthrough Entertainment and American public broadcaster PBS recently announced a broadcast deal that will bring the newly completed two-hour film of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables to North American audiences. Anne of Green Gables will be broadcast on PBS stations on November 24 at 8 pm ET as a Thanksgiving family television event.
Directed by John Kent Harrison and based on the original script by Susan Coyne, this adaptation was filmed in Canada and stars actor Martin Sheen. Sheen will portray Matthew Cuthbert, one half of the brother-sister couple that cares for Anne Shirley. Additional main cast members include 13-year old Ella Ballentine as Anne Shirley, Canadian actress Sara Botsford as Marilla Cuthbert as well as Julia Lalonde, Kate Honig, Stefani Kimber, Drew Haytaoglu, Kyle Gatehouse and Linda Kash.
Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel, Anne of Green Gables tells the story of Anne Shirley, a precocious little girl taken from an orphanage, and placed in the care of the uptight Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew. Although Marilla comes from the conservative mindset versus the adventurous Anne, neither character would anticipate the profound effect they’re about to have on each other’s lives.
First published in 1908, L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. The eight-novel series is set in Prince Edward Island and has attracted readers of all ages, who are inspired by the spirited redhead Anne Shirley.
The film was produced by Breakthrough Entertainment in association with Corus Entertainment’s YTV and the author’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler, who served as Executive Producer.