A little while before picking up his CinemaCon Vanguard Award, I landed an exclusive video interview with Andy Serkis. During the interview, Serkis talked about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and directing The Jungle Book for Warner Bros. For fans of the Apes franchise, Serkis says the sequel is completely different than the first movie and reveals that the first 20 minutes of the movie focuses on just the apes. In addition, he’s seen a rough cut and think it’s a very powerful film about identity and tribalism, and 90% of the film is shot on location because of advancement in motion-capture technology. He also revealed that seeds are planted for a third movie, which already has Matt Reeves set to return as director.
Regarding his directorial debut, The Jungle Book, Serkis praised the dark script and how developing Animal Farm gave him the tools to create the motion-capture animals in The Jungle Book. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
- Says the sequel is completely different than the first movie. Starts 10 years later—for the first 20 minutes of the movie it’s just apes.
- 1:40 – Serkis has seen a rough cut and think it’s a very powerful film about identity and tribalism.
- 2:35 – There are seeds for a third movie in the new pod of Apes movies.
- 3:30 – 90% of the film is shot on location, possible because of advancement in motion capture technology.
- 5:00 – Talks Jungle Book. Praises the dark script. Developing Animal Farm gave him the tools to create the motion capture animals in The Jungle Book.
- 6:35 – He will continue to act, but he is excited to get into directing.
- 7:40 – Regarding upcoming projects, Serkis is “headlong into Jungle Book as of now.”