Actor and director Andy Serkis is set to helm an animated adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm – he last directed Venom: Let There Be Carnage. 

After playing Alfred in The Batman and directing Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Andy Serkis’ next project is a decidedly different genre. Deadline reports that production is currently underway on an animated adaptation of George Orwell’s famous novella Animal Farm. It’s being produced by Aniventure and Cinesite Studios, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a world leader in animation and visual effects.

Published in 1945, Orwell’s tale follows a group of farm animals that rebel against their human owner, in the hopes that they can be free and equal. Time Magazine named it one of the top 100 English language novels between 1923 to 2005. The story has previously been adapted for stage, radio, and TV, and one feature film version was released in 1954.

Serkis’ film has been in pre-production for quite some time, having previously been set up at Netflix. The screenplay has been written by Nicholas Stoller (who’s previously worked on Storks and Captain Underpants). He’s also co-producing.

“The challenging journey to bring this extraordinary story to the screen has been finally rewarded by the opportunity to partner with the brilliant team at Aniventure and Cinesite,” Serkis said of the film. “Together we hope to make our version of Orwell’s ever relevant masterpiece, emotionally powerful, humorous, and relatable for all ages. A tale not only for our times, but for generations to come.”

Having been nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe awards, Serkis is an accomplished actor, filmmaker, and motion capture performer. As well as directing the Venom sequel, he’s also helmed Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle and Breathe. 

More news on Animal Farm as we hear it.

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