All Netflix movie adaptations are equal but some are more equal than others.
Netflix has purchased the movie rights to an adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel Animal Farm. Longtime successful CGI actor turned live-action actor and producer Andy Serkis will direct, according to Variety.
Serkis has owned the rights to option Animal Farm since 2012 when he tried to adapt the novel as a TV show. That project fell through and now gains second life in the streaming world as a film. In addition to directing, Serkis will produce the movie alongside his Imaginarium partner Jonathan Cavendish and 6th & Idaho’s Matt Reeves, Rafi Crohn and Adam Kassan.
Serkis came to prominence as a “CGI actor” in films like The Lord of the Rings and the modern Rise of the Planet of the Apes trilogy. We’ve been seeing his face a little more frequently in front of the camera recently with live-action starring roles in movies like Black Panther. Now he’s ready to go incognito once again in his next career as a director. Netflix rescued Serkis’ second ever directorial effort, Mowgli, from certain doom just five days ago and will release it next year.
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Animal Farm is one of Orwell’s two best-known works alongside Nineteen Eighty-Four and the themes of the two novels are similar. Animal Farm, published in 1945, takes place on a farm where animals essentially unionize and overthrow their human masters. The animals build their new utopian animal society on the principal that all animals are equal. They find out, however, that their new structure of power can’t hold to those ideals. Yep, there are political purges featuring farm animal in this book.
Animal Farm is an allegory for the Soviet Union under Stalin and roughly tracks Russian history from the Revolution in 1917 to Orwell’s present time in the World War II era. The book is widely included in high school English curriculums across the world because it’s hard to find a more slam-dunk example of allegory. Shouts out to all the high school kids out there who are soon going to have the option to watch a movie rather than reading the book.