Having mastered the ground-breaking art of motion capture acting in iconic character roles, Andy Serkis now turns his focus to directing. The actor, whose memorable performances as the gargantuan King Kong, the intelligent Caesar from The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and of course, the legendary Gollum, plans to use his familiarity with the movie-making technology in an adaption of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.
Bringing with him first-hand creative experience and practical knowledge, Serkis teamed with producer Jonathan Cavendish (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) last year to create The Imaginarium, a performance capture studio based in London.
With the movie rights for the adaptation already secured, the studio is currently in the concept phase, focusing on character and environment design. Serkis tells The Hollywood Reporter that “It is definitely using performance capture but we are using an amalgamation of filming styles to create the environments.” Regarding the story-telling of the allegorical take on Soviet politics, he says, “We’re keeping it fable-istic and [aimed at] a family audience. We are not going to handle the politics in a heavy-handed fashion.”
The prospect of Serkis himself acting in the film is still not known, but a definite and welcome possibility.