Andy Serkis To Direct And Act In Adaptation Of 'Animal Farm'
Andy Serkis--probably best known for providing the motion-capture performance for Gollum in The Lord of the Rings movies--will direct and act in an adaptation of George Orwell's Animal Farm. The film will be produced by the performance capture studio he co-founded, The Imaginarium.
Serkis is currently cutting his directorial teeth on Peter Jackson's Hobbit films, where he's not just returning as Gollum, but also serving as a second unit director.
But those expecting a sharp political satire may end up disappointed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Serkis is looking to make a more family-friendly version of the story:
“We’re keeping it fable-istic and [aimed at] a family audience. 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... we are examining this in a new light.”
The novella has been adapted for the screen twice before--there was an animated film in 1954, and a live-action television version in 1999. Both were criticized for sanitizing Orwell's themes.
Are you nervous about Serkis' take? Or do you think this is an opportunity to explore the book's themes in a way that's more accessible to audiences?
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