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 »

Noah Oppenheim Hired to Script New ‘1984’

Noah Oppenheim has moved from a career in television (he was senior producer on Hardball With Chris Matthews and Today, among others) into feature film writing. And somehow, Oppenheim has ended up scripting a couple notable remakes: he’s on War Games, and the remake of Daniel Espinosa’s Snabba Cash (Easy Money). And now he’s been hired to script the new take on George Orwell‘s novel 1984. Read More »

I’m crediting — or blaming — The Hunger Games for this one. Gary Ross’ film adaptation of the Suzanne Collins best-seller has undeniable reflections of George Orwell‘s nightmarish vision of totalitarian information control and thought suppression, and now, just hours before that film is released to the public, we have news of a new film version of his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, often simply called 1984. 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 »