Breakthrough lands Martin Sheen for Anne MOW

The prodco also revealed it has optioned the rights to a collection of children's poems by Canadian author Dennis Lee.
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Breakthrough Entertainment kept the good news rolling out this week, announcing a high-wattage star for its Anne of Green Gables reboot and the option of a collection of children’s poems by Alligator Pie author Dennis Lee.

Martin Sheen joins the movie, which is set to air on YTV in early 2016, as Matthew Cuthbert, one-half of the brother and sister duo who take in Anne Shirley from the orphanage. He joins Sara Botsford as Marilla Cuthbert and Ella Ballentine as Anne. The script for the MOW was written by Susan Coyne and it will be directed by John Kent Harrison.

The prodco also revealed Monday it has optioned the rights to Dennis Lee’s collection of children’s poems, Melvis and Elvis.

Canadian poet and author Lee will team up with Toronto-based media co Wexworks Media as well as Breakthrough to begin working on the animated television series. The deal was arranged on Lee’s behalf by Toronto’s Westwood Creative Artists.

Melvis and Elvis was released in February 2015 by Harper Collins Canada and is the first collection of original children’s poetry penned by Lee in more than a decade. The 33 poem collection features a monster named Melvis and an elf called Elvis, who meet in a library one day and become friends.

Lee was made Toronto’s first Poet Laureate in 2001 and has released iconic children’s titles such as Alligator Pie, Garbage Delight and The Ice Cream Store during his four-decade career.