Just last week, Netflix bought the worldwide rights to Mowgli from Warner Bros. Pictures, and now the streaming giant has also bought the rights to Andy Serkis’ adaptation of the George Orwell novel, Animal Farm. Serkis will direct the performance-capture film, as he did Mowgli. 6th & Idaho’s Matt Reeves, Rafi Crohn and Adam Kassan will produce the Animal Farm adaptation with The Imaginarium’s Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish.
In the 1945 novel, a farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned—a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible.
“We are incredibly excited to have finally found the perfect creative home in Netflix, for this extraordinarily zeitgeist work by George Orwell,” Serkis said in a statement. “On top of that, to be re-united 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.”
Cavendish added that they hope 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.”
Reeves said: “Andy is such an incredible artist — he is truly a force of nature, and a beautiful soul. To be able to work with him again and with Jonathan and Netflix to see Orwell’s classic tale brought to life in a totally new and exciting way is an absolute dream.”