Andy Serkis to direct motion-capture ‘Animal Farm’

Gollum actor will helm the adaptation of George Orwell's novel

Andy Serkis has announced he’ll direct a motion-capture adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Serkis, most known for his role as Gollum in The Lord Of The Rings, plans to use the motion-capture technology he used in Peter Jackson’s trilogy in the adaptation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor has honed his skills performing with the technology, as Captain Haddock in The Adventures of Tintin and Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and has also served as second-unit director on The Hobbit.

Serkis is now in the development stage of bringing George Orwell’s allegorical novel, about a group of animals who rise up against their human owners and govern themselves, to the big screen.

“We are in proof-of-concept stage at the moment, designing characters and experimenting on our stage with the designs,” he said of developing his directorial debut movie.

“It is quite a wide canvas as to how much and how far we can take performance capture with quadrupeds and how much we will be using facial [capture]. We are not discounting the use of keyframe animation or puppeteering parts of animals. We are in an experimental phase; it’s terribly exciting.”

The movie will be produced by The Imaginarium, a London-based motion-capture studio that Serkis and producer Jonathan Cavendish formed in 2011. The company have also bought the film rights to Samantha Shannon’s book series The Bone Season.