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Thursday 10 July 2014

Serkis: Animal Farm is emotional

Andy Serkis is directing a new Animal Farm film

Andy Serkis has revealed that his take on Animal Farm will be more emotional than people may expect.

The Hobbit star will sit in the director's chair for the upcoming motion capture adaptation of George Orwell's novel, which he will also produce with his Imaginarium partner Jonathan Cavendish.

"We're making a family film and it will be viewed from a position of innocence, which is what makes it so powerful. The message can resonate on so many different levels - it will really hit you emotionally," he told MovieMaker magazine.

Andy - who has reprised his role as Gollum in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug - said the film would address the political aspects, but not as overtly as the previous 1954 and 1999 films.

"First and foremost, we are not making a film about Communism and Stalinism because if Orwell was writing the story today, he would be talking about other relevant topics like globalisation and corporate greed," he explained.

"We're investigating that world - the world of the overarching ego that corrupts the innocence of the potential utopia that the animals create. So, if you like the archetypes, all the characters are exactly the same and will represent the same as the book. It's just that we're not pinning them down to specific political targets, ie Napoleonism, Stalinism, Trotskyism, etc."

Andy revealed that he is excited about doing work behind the cameras.

"At this moment in my life, I've reached a point where I'm really excited about directing," he said.

"Directing live action and performance capture related material is absolutely where I'm at at this present moment in time. That's not to say I won't be acting because I will. But primarily right now, my absolute focus is on directing."

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