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Andy Serkis moving forward with Animal Farm adaptation
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Andy Serkis moving forward with Animal Farm adaptation

A new adaptation of George Orwell’s seminal novel Animal Farm from Andy Serkis has been in the pipeline for a few years now, with Netflix having reportedly picked up the project in 2018, but since then development on the film had stalled for various reasons (the pandemic and Serkis’ busy schedule being just a couple of them), but it now appears that Serkis has taken the project elsewhere with the announcement that the film is set to involve a new partnership between his production company Imaginarium, animation specialists Aniventure and VFX experts Cinesite, whose recent credits include work on No Time to Die and Avengers: Endgame.

Based on a script written by The Muppets screenwriter Nicholas Stoller, a new adaptation of Orwell’s dystopian tale has been a long-term ambition for Serkis and one he has been discussing publicly for at least a decade, but it seems that the wheels are finally turning on the project and no-one sound more relieved than Serkis himself: "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” adding that their hope for the film is “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."

There is no mooted release date or any news on possible castings just yet, but it does finally look as though Animal Farm will see another outing on cinema screens at some point in the not-too-distant future.

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