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Andy Serkis is going to go from playing CG animals to directing them. The acclaimed mo-cap actor is set to helm Warner Bros.’ live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, based on Rudyard Kipling‘s classic tales about an orphan boy raised in the jungle.

Although Serkis has served as a second unit director on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, The Jungle Book marks his feature directorial debut. Get all the details after the jump.

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Today’s been a decent day for new shots of 2014 movies, thanks to Empire’s new preview of the upcoming year. Below is a behind the scenes shot of Andy Serkis in his mo-cap gear from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Serkis reprises the role of Ceasar, the first “evolved” ape, and this is another in a long series of photos of the actor encased in a grey suit, but seeing as Serkis remains the pre-eminent mo-cap artist, they never get old. I’m looking forward to seeing some making-of footage from this one, to see how Serkis works his arm extensions into his physical performance. Read More »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes ended with humanity in dire straits, and based on the first trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes things haven’t improved much for our kind since then. The film picks up about eight years later, when the struggle against the virus and the infighting among the humans have destroyed civilization as we know it.

But the few humans who are left are eager to pick up the pieces and put themselves back together, and it seems that starts with a conversation with the apes, led by Caesar (Andy Serkis). Think it’s going to go well? Watch the first trailer after the jump and make your guesses.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has several human characters, including those played by Jason Clarke and Keri Russell. But if these four new posters are any indication, the real stars of the show will be the apes.

Andy Serkis‘ Caesar and his fellow simians take center stage in this batch of one-sheets, which show them with war paint smeared across their glowering faces. As for what the purpose is of those lovely facial decorations, well, perhaps we’ll find out when the trailer hits next week. Check out the posters and get the trailer release details after the jump.

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A motion-capture adaptation of George Orwell‘s Animal Farm seems like one of those concepts that could easily go awry, but if anyone should be able to pull it off it’s Lord of the Rings and Rise of the Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis.

After putting in time as a second unit director on the Hobbit trilogy, Serkis set the fable as his feature directorial debut last year. He’s been plugging away at it ever since, and now says he plans to shoot the “fairly unique” project¬†sometime next year. Hit the jump for more details, along with a minor update on the Serkis-produced¬†The Bone Season.

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Next week, Hobbit fans can head to theaters to see brand new footage from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. On November 4, Warner Bros. is hosting a worldwide theatrical fan event to celebrate the upcoming sequel, which will include a Q&A with several of the film’s stars. While the event will take place in cities all over the world, the four host cities – New York, Los Angeles, London and Wellington – will have stars in attendance, all linked by satellite, answering your questions.

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Fox doesn’t have a YA series to match, say, The Hunger Games, even if it does have something better in the X-Men series. That hasn’t stopped the studio from trying to develop potential new franchises, however, and there’s a new one in the works with Andy Serkis as producer.

The Bone Season is the first of seven novels by young author Samantha Shannon, and now Fox has paired with The Imaginarium, in which Serkis is a principal, to develop a film based on the book. Read More »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is still filming, but that didn’t stop director Matt Reeves and stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Kerri Russell from coming to San Diego to give the Comic Con audience an early preview of the movie. The film was shooting this morning until 5am, which by that time already had thousands of people sleeping in line to get into Hall H for today’s big movie day. The cast and crew hopped on a plane and brought along an early teaser trailer.

Reeves warned that it takes ten to twelve weeks for weta to create a shot featuring fully realized apes, and since they’re still in production, the teaser only featured one such shot. After the jump you can read about what we saw in the teaser trailer, our thoughts, and what else was said during the panel.

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