It’s one thing to adapt a book for the big screen, but to do so when several other films have made an impact over the decades? That could be pretty challenging. Andy “Gollum” Serkis on the other hand, is taking that challenge head on as he brings years worth of motion capture work to the big screen.
The book in question? The George Orwell penned Animal farm, in which Serkis will try to prove that two motion captured legs are more equal than four actual animal limbs.
Speaking to Screen Daily, Serkis revealed why his adaptation would be different to the various other films out on the market:
What we’re trying to do is fairly unique. It’s going to be entirely performance captured, so rather than photographing real animals and showing them with talking mouths, it will all be generated by the interaction between the actors playing those roles…the physicality and facial expressions of all the animals will come directly from actors’ performances.
Having done some second unit directing for Peter Jackson on The Hobbit trilogy, Serkis will be making Animal Farm his first fully fledged directorial debut. ”We’ve started pre-vis which in the virtual world in many instances means you’ve already started shooting the film,” Serkis said about the prep work for the movie. “Principal photography will take place in the middle to third quarter of next year.”
As for his actors that’ll be performing an animal revolution, Serkis has only revealed that he has “a great cast” lined up. Expect that info to get updated once he secures the rest of the $50 million he needs for the film budget.
Last Updated: December 9, 2013