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Michelle
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posted 07 July 2007 05:22 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have to admit, this is an interesting twist.

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The creator of the popular TV miniseries Anne of Green Gables is making a feature length film looking at Anne's life before the beginning of L. M. Montgomery's internationally popular book series.

Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, the story of Anne's life prior to her arrival at Green Gables, will be written and directed by Kevin Sullivan.

The movie will be based on hints in the original book about what Anne's life might have been like, Sullivan told CBC News Wednesday.

"Montgomery alluded to Anne's beginnings, and with the 100th anniversary [of the first publication of the book] coming up I began to think a bit more about all the unanswered questions behind Anne's beginnings," he said.


The thing about Sullivan's other Anne movies is that when it comes to plotlines, they sucked badly. It really annoyed me that they were totally faithless to the storylines in the book series.

So, he claims he's going to make a movie about Anne's early life based on the hints given in the Anne books? Considering that he couldn't even get the explicit storyline right, I'm not all that confident about the implicit stuff.


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pookie
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posted 07 July 2007 06:54 AM      Profile for pookie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A thoughtful approach which paid heed to the various clues throughout the books could be a marvellous story. But if, as you say, he couldn't resist messing with the plotlines in the full novel he sounds like exactly the wrong person for the job. I really, really hate it when filmakers think they can tell a book's story better than the actual author. I understand that some things have to change in the transfer to screen but IMO the story very rarely should be one of them.
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Sharon
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posted 07 July 2007 07:19 AM      Profile for Sharon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I couldn't agree more, Michelle. I don't like or trust Kevin Sullivan and he has never shown any respect for the family of L.M. Montgomery.

On the other hand, a new book is being written on the same subject -- Before Green Gables -- and I feel quite differently about it because it's being written by the much-loved and trusted Nova Scotia children's writer, Budge Wilson.

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Now, courtesy of the Canadian arm of Penguin publishing and Montgomery's own descendants, comes the "official prequel" -- a new book that will not only celebrate the 100th anniversary of an icon's creation, but will also invent a fresh back-story about Anne Shirley's early childhood.

The new book, Before Green Gables, will focus on the young girl's hard-luck life with a string of foster families and at a Nova Scotia orphanage in the years before her momentous appearance as an 11-year-old adoptee at Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert's farm in turn-of-the-century Avonlea.

The prequel is to be written by award-winning Nova Scotia children's author Budge Wilson and released in early 2008 as part of an array of centennial tributes to Montgomery and her cultural legacy.


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Michelle
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posted 07 July 2007 11:43 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Wow. Now that sounds like a book worth checking out! And, it's nice to see you, Sharon.

pookie, the changes in the movie were ridiculous. It's been a while since I've seen it, but if I remember correctly, he made Gilbert go off to war while Anne and Gilbert were still single (when in fact it was Anne's children who went to war after they were married), Davy and Dora, the twins Marilla adopted, were Diana's younger twin siblings (!?), and Anne was a school principal before she and Gilbert got engaged, etc.

It was a total mangling of the storyline. For many of us who read and re-read the series and know the stories inside and out, that adaptation is completely disappointing.

P.S. I wonder who thought of the prequel first - Sullivan or this writer? As for the family of Montgomery - I couldn't care less about them or what they think. By luck, they happen to be the descendents of an incredible woman who wrote an incredible series of books, and as far as I'm concerned, books that are this great and have become part of our national consciousness should be public domain, especially since the author's been dead for over 65 years. I couldn't care less whether they cash in on their dead relative's creativity or not, frankly.

P.S. According to this report, Kevin Sullivan was the first person to tell the family that they had the right to Anne royalties.

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Sharon
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Michelle, I wasn't thinking so much of the family's "cashing in" on Maud's work as I was thinking of Kevin Sullivan's total disrespect for the work -- as you so well described in the mangling of the storylines he accomplished!

I first heard about the Penguin book quite awhile ago now so I'm assuming that it came before Kevin Sullivan's idea. Budge was commissioned by Penguin to do the writing.

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And, it's nice to see you, Sharon.

Thank you. I've been quite ill but I'm starting to feel better.


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Michelle
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posted 07 July 2007 02:02 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
But it won't be released until early next year. I wonder if Sullivan will beat her to it?
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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 07 July 2007 03:02 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sullivan is the subject of a longrunning lawsuit by the heirs of Maud, as he insists that neither the three movies nor the TV series ever made a dime of profit (and therefore he doesn't owe them their percentage). You have to wonder why he's making another movie if doing so is so damned unprofitable.

My family has a love afair with all things Anne... with Kevin Sullivan, not so much.


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