Andy Serkis to direct animated adaptation of ‘Animal Farm’

Andy Serkis will be directing the animated adaptation of the George Orwell classic novel ‘The Animal Farm’.

As reported by Deadline, Andy Serkis has been roped in to direct the adaptation of the 1945 novel, published by George Orwell. The screenplay for the movie will be helmed by Nicholas Stoller.

The production for the movie has started at Cinesite. Cinesite is celebrating its 30th anniversary as the leader in VFX and animation.

The story of the 1945 novel, ‘Animal Farm’ is dystopian in nature. It talks of a group of animals tha rebel against their human owner as they want to establish a society where all (humans and animals) can be free, happy and most of all equal.

Speaking about the animated adaptation, Andy Serkis said, “The challenging journey to bring this extraordinary story to the screen has been finally rewarded by the opportunity to partner with the brilliant team at Aniventure and Cinesite. Together we hope to make our version of Orwell’s ever-relevant masterpiece, emotionally powerful, humorous, and relatable for all ages. A tale not only for our times but for generations to come.”

This has been a long gestating dream for Serkis who was attached to this project as a producer when it was first picked up by Netflix along with Adam Nagle, Jonathan Cavendish and Dave Rosenbaum. Serkis will continue as the producer while Connie Thompson also joins the producer’s table from Cinesite.

Speaking about ‘Animal Farm’, producer Adam Nagle said, “Ever since 1945, when George Orwell first published Animal Farm, the story has remained relevant and a key instrument in understanding how the world works. Andy has had a special talent for creating unique and memorable characters during his remarkable career and we’re thrilled to be working with him, Jonathan and Cinesite to adapt Animal Farm for modern audiences.”

The acclaimed actor, and filmmaker said that he planned to use CGI characters to bring the animals to life, this was a plan he had made as far back as 2013. What we’re trying to do is fairly unique,” he said and added, “It’s going to be entirely performance captured, so rather than photographing real animals and showing them with talking mouths, it will all be generated by the interaction between the actors playing those roles, the physicality and facial expressions of all the animals will come directly from actors’ performances.”

Andy Serkis’ work credits include, ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’, ‘Breathe’ and ‘Mowgli: The Legend of the Jungle’, and his latest screen appearance was as Alfred in Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’.

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