Andy Serkis

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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If anyone has had a cooler career path than Andy Serkis, I’d be interested to hear it. A classically trained actor, Serkis happened upon a technological revolution when he took on the role of Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. His performance capture work in those films helped define a whole new way to look at acting and then he took it to the next level with King Kong and eventually Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Along the way Serkis worked not only with Jackson but Steven Spielberg, among others, and became a behind the camera presence too, earning him the job of second unit director on Jackson’s return to Middle Earth, The Hobbit Trilogy.

Now he’s chosen a project as his feature directorial debut and it’s a work worthy of such an eclectic career. He’s joined up with a London based production company called The Imaginarium to develop and direct a performance capture version of George Orwell‘s landmark work, Animal Farm. Read much after the jump. Read More »

Here are two projects that might happen, but at this point the safest approach seems to be an emphasis on ‘might.’ One is a Jimi Hendrix biopic that has been gestating for some time with André Benjamin (aka André 3000 of OutKast) playing the iconic rocker. The other is a new version of George Orwell’s classic novel Animal Farm, which could be a reunion of Rise of the Planet of the Apes talents Andy Serkis and Rupert Wyatt. Details on both are after the break. Read More »

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