‘Hobbit’ actor Andy Serkis to direct adaptation of George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’

By Daniel S Levine,

After years of working with Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis is finally ready to take on his own directing projects. After starring as one of literature’s most iconic characters, The Hobbit’s Gollum, Serkis will work on another legendary literary work, Animal Farm.

Serkis is best known for his performance as Gollum in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films and the upcoming Hobbit trilogy and also starred as Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. But he has also been hard at work behind the scenes, taking the role of second unit director for The Hobbit.

He is now joining forces with the London-based The Imaginarium, a motion-capture studio to create a new adaptation of George Orwell’s famous novel. Serkis and Bridget Jones’ Diary producer Jonathan Cavendish founded the studio.

“I think we found a rather fresh way of looking at it,” Serkis told The Hollywood Reporter about the Animal Farm project. “It is definitely using performance capture, but we are using an amalgamation of filming styles to create the environments.”

Serkis also says that he will perform in the film.

“We’re keeping it fable-istic and [aimed at] a family audience,” Serkis added. “We are not going to handle the politics in a heavy-handed fashion. It is going to be emotionally centered in a way that I don’t think has been seen before. The point of view that we take will be slightly different to how it is normally portrayed and the characters, We are examining this in a new light.”

In a press release posted at Deadline, The Imaginarium also announced that it has acquired the rights to The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. The book is set to be published on Aug. 20, 2013.

“The dystopian world created by Samantha in The Bone Season series offers a fantastic setting for a truly extraordinary and thrilling narrative,” Serkis said in the statement. “We are honoured that she chose to collaborate with us in the adaptation of her work.”



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