Andy Serkis takes on Orwell's 'Animal Farm'
British actor Andy Serkis is to direct a new adaptation of George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' using motion capture.
Serkis is well-acquainted with the technique – which was also used by James Cameron for Avatar – thanks to a number of roles that have relied on it.
He is famous for his CGI-assisted portrayal of Tolkien's Gollum in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, a role his about to reprise on the set of The Hobbit.
Animal Farm is a allegorical novella about an animal revolution on a farm that serves as a thinly veiled criticism of Stalinism.
Serkis's production company The Imaginarium has also laid claim on The Bone Season, an upcoming novel by Oxford student Samantha Shannon discovered by publisher Bloomsbury. The book is set to come out in August 2013 and is set in 2059. It will focus on Paige Mahoney, a 19-year-old clairvoyant. The Bone Season is set to launch a series spanning seven books.
Andy Serkis will act as a producer for that project, alongside Jonathan Cavendish, who co-founded The Imaginarium.