Serkis Talks Next ‘Apes’ and ‘Animal Farm’

You’d think all that anyone would want to talk to Andy Serkis about this week is The Hobbit, but nein, Serkis has got a lot going on, and just one of those things is The Hobbit trilogy.

In this case, Coming Soon talked to Serkis about a pair of interesting projects, Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and his own feature-directorial debut Animal Farm. Both are highly anticipated projects, so what new updates can Serkis give us on them? Let’s ask.

First of all Apes, sequel to the prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Serkis says he’s met with director Reeves and that they’ve talked about the direction of the next film and the ape rebel leader Caesar (played by Serkis):

“The interesting thing now will be how Caesar operates in this world – because of the virus that hits at the end of the first movie – and how Caesar brings an accord between the apes and the surviving humans and that’s going to be interesting where we take that.”

Production on Dawn will begin sometime in the new year for a May 2014 release.

Meanwhile, progress is moving forward on Serkis’ adaptation of Animal Farm, the classic George Orwell novel about utopia gone wrong. Step one, updating the nearly 70-year-old book to better suit a modern audience while still staying true to the source material and Orwell’s voice.

“[We’re] taking it from the point of view if Orwell were writing Animal Farm for today, where would the targets be? It’s a fairy tale and we’re keeping it as a fairy tale and a fable, which will allow us to satirically pick our target.”

Step two, perfecting the tools. Serkis also talked about the process for making the film which will combine performance capture, facial performance capture and puppetering, which will take place at Serkis’ own The Imaginarium, his London-based performance capture studio.

“Because of the way of shooting it using performance capture, you can pre-vis and you can start working on it now, so we’re very much into it in terms of character designs, concept, art department, all of that stuff is going on right now and we aim to shoot it at the end of 2013.”

Sounds like good watching. For the record, despite its renown and popularity, Animal Farm has only been adapted twice for screen, once in a 1954 animated film and then in a 1999 TV movie. So this could be interesting.

Stay tuned for more news.

Source: Screen Rant

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