Anne of Green Gables will be making its big screen debut for the first time as a musical.
It was announced at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, that Canadian indie film producers, The Film Farm and Side Road Media, are adapting the long running stage production of Anne of Green Gables – The Musical into a feature film.
The full length feature will be penned by actor-playwright Kristen Thomson and produced by Stephen Traynor, Jennifer Weiss and Simone Urdl from Film Farm and Kelley Harron from Side Road Media, who is also the rights holder and daughter of the original musical’s co-writer, Don Harron.
Based on the 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the stage show is currently Canada’s longest running musical and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014.
“With the 50th anniversary of this beloved musical classic coming in 2014, it is the perfect time for a feature film version” Kelley Harron said. “The story is timeless and the music and lyrics are as relevant and enjoyable now as they were when they were first imagined by Norman Campbell and my father,” Harron added. “My producing partner, Brian Robertson and I are delighted to be collaborating with the Film Farm.”
Anne of Green Gables tells the story of a red headed orphan girl, Anne Shirley, who has a personality you can’t help but love. Despite her somewhat tragic past, her optimism and imagination help her to always see the best in things. Anne’s life changes abruptly when she is ‘accidentally’ adopted by the Cuthberts, a brother and sister who thought they were getting a boy to help with out with their farm. The Cuthberts decide that Anne should be sent back to the orphanage, but before they know it, she has worked her way into their hearts.
Since its original publication, the much loved novel has sold over 50 million copies worldwide.