Andy Serkis to Direct Motion-Capture Animal Farm
The Hollywood Reporter has reported that man behind LoTR’s Gollum, Andy Serkis, will be directing a new stop-motion animated adaptation of George Orwell’s classic political fable Animal Farm. Serkis is also second unit director on The Hobbit, and will be tackling his latest project for producer Jonathan Cavendish’s London-based outfit, The Imaginarium.
“We’re keeping it fable-istic and [aimed at] a family audience,” said Serkis. “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 and the characters. We are examining this in a new light.”
The original Animal Farm novella was published in England on 17 August, 1945, and served as a reflection on the events leading up to and during the Stalin era before World War 2, as Orwell himself is a staunch critic of Joseph Stalin.