Does your child love dystopian political allegorical novellas but, more than that, love talking animals doing people things? Then he or she is going to love Andy Serkis' upcoming family-friendly adaptation of George Orwell's iconic anti-Stallinist kids' story Animal Farm.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Serkis' performance-capture studio The Imaginarium has recently acquired the rights to the 1945 book, and plans to adapt it as a motion picture. Serkis confirmed in an interview that the production will involve, not only the motion-capture filming techniques that brought him fame (most famously as the computer-generated Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy), but also puppetry and possibly even traditional animation.
More importantly, Serkis plans to toss aside a lot of the political mumbo jumbo that bogged down the original text to get to the true heart of Orwell's story: the tale of BFFships between cuddly farm animals:
"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."
With production still in its early planning stages, no release date for Farmville 1: Wild Hogz has yet been set.