It would appear that Netflix are a bit of a fan of Andy Serkis’ work. The streaming giant, which, recently acquired the Serkis directed Mowgli, have secured the rights to George Orwell’s Animal Farm and set Serkis to direct.
Serkis’ production company, The Imaginarium will also produce the performance capture film alongside 6th & Idaho’s Matt Reeves, Rafi Crohn and Adam Kassan. This would also see Reeves and Serkis reuniting after working on both Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes together.
“We are incredibly excited to have finally found the perfect creative home in Netflix for this extraordinarily zeitgeist work by George Orwell,” Serkis said in a statement. “On top of that, to be reunited with my great friend Matt Reeves — with his acute sensitivity, storytelling intelligence and honesty and command in this realm — is to have the very best scenario for our long-held passion to bring this fable alive.”
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George Orwell’s Animal Farm was first published in 1945, It’s an account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama.
According to Orwell, the book reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917, The Soviet Union, he believed, had become a brutal dictatorship, built upon a cult of personality and enforced by a reign of terror. In a letter to Yvonne Davet, Orwell described Animal Farm as a satirical tale against Stalin (“un conte satirique contre Staline“).