It’s not entirely easy to make an adaptation of Animal Farm, since the book’s subject strikes an uneasy middle ground between childish yarn and harrowing political allegory; I think I read the book when I was 10, was completely charmed, and only found out a number of years later that it was about the evils of communism. That could be a little much for the average tyke to take care of, but it’s what we might be seeing: Andy Serkis, the motion-capture genius behind Lord of the Rings‘s Gollum, will be directing an upcoming version of Animal Farm. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Serkis said:
“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. It is going to be emotionally centered in a way that I don’t think has been seen before. The point of view that we take will be slightly different to how it is normally portrayed and the characters, We are examining this in a new light.”
That isn’t completely accurate to George Orwell’s vision, but it’s not like the dude can complain. Serkis’s version will be based in motion-capture performance, and he’s also expected to handle a part—though what else would you expect from an actor who made you feel for a CGI ape? I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, since everything else he’s been involved with has been a small revelation.