CATEGORIES Classics, Comedy, Drama, Independent, Casting, Deals, Family Films, Remakes and Sequels, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, CinematicalKevin Sullivan, who is responsible for adapting the wildly-popular Anne of Green Gables into the 1980's television series starring Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst and Richard Farnsworth, wants to give audiences more Anne. According to The Globe and Mail, Sullivan is writing a screenplay prequel to the story, called Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, in celebration of next year's 100th anniversary of the publication of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne novel. Now, last year, there was already word that Budge Wilson was writing a prequel novel called Before Green Gables, for the same anniversary, but neither piece of news mentions the other project.
Sullivan says: "A child who had that kind of flamboyant imagination had to have already created her own world out of a need to escape an unusual past." Obviously, Follows is just a smidge too old to play an even younger Anne, so a casting call for girls between ten and twelve in Canadian cities and YouTube. Anne-wannabes can mail in audition tapes or submit them to the popular video site -- SneakPeak.ca has all of the details if you know an Anne hopeful. Now, it's already risky business to fill in blanks to a long-loved story, although I imagine that if anyone could, it would be Sullivan. However, what about the novel? It seems all sorts of silly to have two unrelated prequels getting released for the same event. I guess it will be a choose-your-own-prequel -- check out both and decide which did most justice to one of the famous, braided redheads.