Netflix Buys Andy Serkis’ “Animal Farm” Adaptation

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Andy Serkis will direct a film version of George Orwell’s Animal Farm for Netflix.

Deadline reports that the streaming giant and Serkis have acquired the right to the novel. As well as directing Serkis will produce through his Imaginarium production company. Other producers include 6th & Idaho’s Matt Reeves, Rafi Crohn, and Adam Kassan.

“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 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.”

Sources say that the production’s intention is to create a modern adaptation of Orwell’s 1945 allegorical novella to “highlight the staggering relevance today of the satirical and dramatic power of Orwell’s re-imagined classic.”