EDMONTON – The creators of award-winning mini-series Anne of Green Gables are in Edmonton today on their nation-wide talent search for a girl to play the fiery red-haired orphan in a prequel.
Filmmaker Kevin Sullivan wrote original story about Anne Shirley’s childhood life before she went to live with the Cuthberts on Prince Edward Island. Sullivan’s story predates the events in Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel.
Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning will tell the story of Anne’s biological family and how she ended up in an orphanage.
The mystery will unfold when Anne finds a secret letter in the floorboards at Green Gables more than 50 years after she went to live there.
The film is set at the turn of the 20th century but is bookended by scenes of Anne as a woman in her sixties. In the story, her husband Gilbert died at the end of World War Two and her three children are far away, pre-occupied with families of their own. Anne has almost completely lost touch with her adopted son, Dominic, who is living in France.
Sullivan Entertainment will travel to seven Canadian cities to conduct auditions for girl between the ages of 10 to 12.
They are also conducting an extensive casting call on YouTube at www.youtube.com/group/screentest.
Anne of Green Gables (1985) won an Emmy and starred Megan Follows and Colleen Dewhurst. After the mini-series was broadcast, tourism on P.E.I. rose by 30 per cent.
The L.M. Montgomery Land Trust is organizing The Great Big Cornboil, a fundraising event to be held Sunday, August 19th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Cavendish Boardwalk in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island. There will be live entertainment, and plenty of corn on the boil. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Monika B. Hilder’s paper “Imagining the Ultimate Kindred Spirit: The Feminist Theological Vision of L.M. Montgomery” will appear in Feminist Theology with a Canadian Accent: Canadian Perspectives on Contextual Feminist Theology, edited by Mary Ann Beavis, with Elaine Guillemin and Barbara Pell and forthcoming from Novalis Press in Fall 2007.
McClelland and Stewart will reissue its New Canadian Library edition of Anne of Green Gables early in 2008. This edition, first published in 1992, includes an afterword by Margaret Atwood. Here are the covers for both the current edition and the new one. Their NCL edition of Emily of New Moon (with an afterword by Alice Munro, first published in 1989) will likewise be reissued, in late 2007, but the new cover is not yet available.
Fitzhenry and Whiteside will publish The Anne of Green Gables Puzzle Book! Written by Marion Hoffman and illustrated by Muriel Wood, the book will be published in August 2007. For more information, visit the Fitzhenry and Whiteside website.
Sullivan Entertainment has issued a press release announcing that Kevin Sullivan will write, produce, and direct Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, a prequel to their 1985 miniseries. They are launching a search for a new actor to play Anne. The project should be released sometime in 2008. To find out more, visit http://www.sullivanmovies.com/.
It’s not clear whether the movie or miniseries will coincide with the *other* Anne prequel, written by Budge Wilson and scheduled for publication next March by Penguin Canada.