Motion Capture Geniues Andy Serkis to Direct Animal Farm Next Year

Andy Serkis, the actor who has perfected the art of motion capture, announced that he would be starting his own company, Imaginarium, and that one of the projects he would be making would be George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Who could be better to bring this to the big screen with the help of motion capture, right? 

Now Collider tells us that Serkis will be directing Animal Farm next year. It’s not clear if Serkis will also act in the film or not, but it would be too great an opportunity to let his motion capture talents go to waste.

“What we’re trying to do is fairly unique,” Serkis told ScreenDaily. “It’s going to be entirely performance captured, so rather than photographing real animals and showing them with talking mouths, it will all be generated by the interaction between the actors playing those roles…the physicality and facial expressions of all the animals will come directly from actors’ performances.” 

Serkis added he has a “great cast” lined up, but he wouldn’t name names just yet. Also on deck to be made through Imaginarium is the big screen adaptation of The Bone Season, the dystopian young adult novel written by first timer Samantha Shannon. 

Serkis is of course also going to be back as Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which hits theaters on July 18, 2014.