Animal Farm turned into film for Netflix generation | News | The Times

Matthew Moore

August 3 2018, 12:01am,  The Times

George Orwell in 1943ALAMY

George Orwell’s classic satire on communism, Animal Farm, is to be updated for a new Netflix film.

The adaptation will be directed by Andy Serkis, the actor and director who appeared as a computer-animated Gollum in The Lord of the Rings films.

The Imaginarium, his company, acquired the rights to the book from the George Orwell Estate in 2012. The Imaginarium specialises in “performance capture” and “motion capture” technology, which use footage of actors as the basis for digital animations. This allows producers to make characters based on animals or fantastical creatures walk, talk and move their faces in a lifelike way.

Animal Farm was published in 1945 as a satire on the 1917 Russian Revolution, showing how communist principles can be corrupted to justify…

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