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Andy Serkis to Direct an Adaptation of George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ for Netflix

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“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

Earlier this week, news broke that Mowgli, Andy Serkis’ dark retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, was acquired by Netflix and would be moving to the streaming platform for release.

Now, just days later, Deadline is reporting that Serkis is striking yet another deal with the streaming service giant. This time, Serkis will be teaming up with Netflix to bring a film adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel, Animal Farm.

Serkis is set to direct the upcoming project which will, of course, be a performance-capture film (aka. Serkis’ forte). Matt Reeves, Rafi Crohn, Adam Kassan, and Jonathan Cavendish are on board to produce along with Serkis. In a statement to Deadline, Serkis commented:

“We are incredibly excited to have finally found the perfect creative home in Netflix for this extraordinary zeitgeist work by George Orwell. On top of that, to be reunited with my great friend Matt Reeves — with his acute sensitivity, storytelling intelligence and honesty and command in this realm — is to have the very best scenario for our long-held passion to bring this fable alive.”

Published in 1945, Animal Farm is an allegorical novella written by Orwell and was based on the Russian Revolution of 1917. The novel tells a satirical tale about farm animals who plan a revolution to gain their freedom from their owners. When the animals win, they begin to develop their new, utopian society but soon find they’ve taken on more than they bargained for as rivalries and new rulers take hold of their new world.

Serkis’ adaptation with Netflix will offer a contemporary look at the classic fabled tale. According to Cavendish, Serkis is planning to bring “Animal Farm to the screen in a thoroughly contemporary fashion, which will highlight the staggering relevance today of the satirical and dramatic power of Orwell’s re-imagined classic.”

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