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.