Quite possibly the best (and definitely the most surprising) popcorn movie of the summer of 2011 was Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Most audiences were expecting a generic retread of well-worn material, but director Rupert Wyatt gave us a smart, thoughtful and fairly tragic sci-fi adventure. Andy Serkis stole the show as the motion-captured ape Caesar, and his amazing performance led many to say he should be nominated for an Oscar. Following the success of the film around the world, it was no surprise Fox moved forward with a sequel, and last summer when the production was shooting in New Orleans, I got to participate in a group interview with Serkis during a break in filming.
During the interview, Serkis talked about where the film picks up, Caesar’s relationship with his tribe and the human survivors, Caesar’s family life, advances in motion-capture technology, the apes language, working with Matt Reeve’s, his involvement in casting the other actors portraying apes, filming on location, and so much more. If you’re looking forward to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, you’re going to love this interview.
While Andy Serkis first rose to prominence as the actor who brought The Lord of the Rings’ Gollum to life by way of motion-capture, he’s been dabbling a bit more behind-the-scenes as of late. Serkis acted as the second-unit director on a good deal of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, and he’s poised to make his feature directorial debut on a motion-capture adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel Animal Farm. The project was first announced over a year ago, but now Serkis has provided an update on the film, revealing that filming is slated to get underway in 2014. Hit the jump for more.
Motion-capture chameleon Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) has spent the better part of a year, all told, directing the second unit of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy; he now plans to use that experience to direct a performance-capture based adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel, Animal Farm. His mo-cap studio, The Imaginarium, has secured rights to the property and will produce the film. The studio also landed the adaptation rights to the Samantha Shannon novel, The Bone Season, which Serkis also plans to adapt. Hit the jump to hear what he had to say on both projects, as well as commentary on directing the second unit of The Hobbit trilogy.