Subtext shipping will return to its roots with a new “Anne of Green Gables” TV series

Before Rachel and Quinn, before Rizzoli and Isles, before Legend of the Seeker and Xena and The Facts of Life, before “femslash” was a phrase, before the internet had a name, before television was even invented, we had Anne Shirley and Diana Barry. The bosom friends of Prince Edward Island sprang to life from Lucy Maud Montgomery‘s pen in 1908, and lesbians have been fancying them together together ever since. And it looks like our imaginations are about to get recharged, because next year the kindred spirits will reunite when Canada rolls out a brand new TV adaptation of Anne of Green Gables.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 13-episode hour-long drama plans to put a “contemporary” spin on the world’s favorite redhead:

[Executive Producer] Joan Lambur [said] the up-dated Anne of Green Gables TV drama will portray more than a quaint community, as it becomes peopled by immigrants who know financial struggle, much like the Edwardian age Montgomery grew up in: “Anne comes from a different background. She’s had to find it in herself to succeed and get along and make her way, and the while do so with dignity and with class … The goal is to create a new Anne for a modern-day and really present her in a more global perspective.”

I know, I know. Do we really need a new Anne Shirley? Isn’t Megan Follows the One True Anne Shirley? Those are valid questions, but on upside, the project is being overseen by Montgomery’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler, who has been mired in litigation for over a decade to ensure the Green Gables series’ maintains its integrity with creative control resting with Montgomery’s family. Another positive, of course, is that Canada — and not Hollywood — is remaking the series.

I suppose all that’s left to do is cross our fingers and hope this isn’t the most tragical thing to ever happen to us.

Oh, and also to watch the very first subtext ship to sail on the modern seas.

Nothing says “gaymo” like following up your wedding vows to your best friend with “… as long as my mother doesn’t find out.”

What do you think of the news that Anne of Green Gables is returning to TV?