‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Duo Want To Reteam For ‘Animal Farm’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 7th, 2013 at 9:20 am,

20th Century Fox’s reboot/prequel (requel? preboot?) Rise of the Planet of the Apes looks to by and large impress moviegoers with its use of cutting-edge motion-capture technology to bring the titular simians to life.

Apes star Andy Serkis and director Rupert Wyatt have announced their intentions to utilize that same mo-cap tech in order to realize another story ripe with non-human characters on the big screen: George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Wyatt mentioned the idea to Empire, saying he and Serkis have already discussed the possibility of realizing Orwell’s classic tale on the big screen. The project is only in the planning stage at this point, but could conceivably begin pre-production as soon as within a year’s time.

Orwell’s 1945 Animal Farm novel takes place on an English countryside farm, where the local critters stage a revolution against their human masters. The farm’s pigs take advantage of the situation and install a new but corrupt social structure that allows them to rule over their fellow animals – a setup that serves as a thinly-veiled allegory for Joseph Stalin’s eventual rise to power in the Soviet Union, in the aftermath of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution.

The 1954 animated version of Animal Farm Rise of the Planet of the Apes Duo Want To Reteam For Animal Farm

‘Animal Farm’ was originally turned into an animated movie in 1954.

Unlike Robert Zemeckis’ mo-cap literary adaptations (The Polar Express, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol), Animal Farm is the kind of story that requires some sort of technical wizardry in order to bring the majority of its characters to life on the big screen in non-animated form. The Jim Henson company previously designed animatronics for the 1999 TV movie adaptation of Orwell’s novel – and depending on your feelings about practical vs. digital effects work, you might prefer any future live-action adaptation(s) to follow suit and pass on using CGI in order to realize talking animals on the big screen.

However, a lot of people have become increasingly receptive about the idea of using mo-cap to create non-human characters, based on the excellent results in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong remake – not to mention, the Na’vi in James Cameron’s Avatar.

Serkis is also very much pushing for the art form to continue. Following his turn as Caesar in this summer’s new Planet of the Apes movie, he’ll be delivering another mo-cap performance in Steven Spielberg’s Adventures of Tintin this winter – and, of course, in Jackson’s currently-filming two-part adaptation of The Hobbit.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes UK trailer Rise of the Planet of the Apes Duo Want To Reteam For Animal Farm

Caesar (Serkis) in ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

The success or failure of Rise of the Planet of the Apes will certainly affect the possibility of Wyatt and Serkis joining forces again on an Animal Farm movie in the future. So far, the former has been praised for featuring what appears to be the most realistic and expressive digitally-rendered characters ever put to film.

If the box office receipts for Apes are good, don’t be surprised to hear about increased studio interest in an Animal Farm adaptation that utilizes the talents of both Wyatt and Serkis.

Source: Empire (via The Playlist)

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  1. Yes, I looking forward to this.

  2. I for one hope this happens- I’ve been wanting an Animal Farm film to be made for a while now.

  3. ha, i loved the opening sentence to this article. Veryy funny. :] but looking foward to see the movie.

  4. Loved the book. I think current mo-cap technology could really serve the story well.

  5. I would like to see this, be really interesting to watch.

    And of course Andy serkis is “also very much pushing for the art form to continue”, would’nt he be out of a job if this dies?

  6. “would’nt he be out of a job if this dies?”

    Not really, their’s always “War Of The Newts”…


  7. On one hand after reading the book a few times throughout the years I don’t think a movie version can be as powerful as the written version. I think this book needs to be read to get the characters and their parts in your head to get the full meaning. On the other hand I don’t know if many young people get around to reading Orwell unless assigned in some Lit class so this will at least give them the exposure that might entice them to read the book. The CG can make everything seem pretty realistic so I wonder if the entertainment factor will be too powerful to maintain the messages of the book? It’s interesting in any case

  8. It couldn’t be worse than the previus version, the makers of which obviously either didn’t understand or didn’t agree with Orwell as the tacked-on “happy” ending demonstrated. They might just as well have spat in his face. Guys! Don’t make this film unless you are going to make it properly!!