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Andy Serkis to Direct & Act in Adaptation of Animal Farm by George Orwell

George Orwell’s Animal Farm will be adapted by The Imaginarium, a performance capture studio co-founded by Andy Serkis–the actor who portrayed Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit.

Serkis will direct and act in the Orwell adaptation. Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish opened the studio in 2011, making their mark with Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Serkis had this statement in the release: ”We are delighted to officially announce our involvement in bringing this classic yet controversial fable to life, hopefully allowing it to resonate for our times with a combination of a fresh perspective, real emotional heart, a great deal of humor and satire … By utilizing performance capture, a deeply talented and committed cast of actors will be able to explore and fully inhabit Orwell’s fairy tale world where ‘some animals are more equal than others.’”

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Children’s Author Brian Jacques Has Died

Beloved children’s author Brian Jacques (pictured, via) passed away this week at 71-years-old. He wrote chapter novels, picture books, and short story collections during his long career.

According to BBC News, the author sold more than 20 million books internationally. Jacques is best-known for his Redwall fantasy series. Before Jacques died, 21 chapter books, three picture books, a graphic novel adaptation, and an opera were all published about the Redwall series.  In June 2010, the author’s blog announced that the 22nd book in the series will be published this year.

Here’s more from BBC News: “Some critics compared [Jacques' books] to J.R.R. Tolkien‘s Lord Of The Rings and Watership Down by Richard Adams. Even as a child he showed literary talent. He was caned by a teacher who could not believe that a 10-year-old could write so well when he penned a short story about a bird who cleaned a crocodile’s teeth.”

Cate Blanchett to Return to Middle Earth in ‘The Hobbit’

9780061917738.jpgOscar winner Cate Blanchett will return to Middle Earth as the noble elf, Lady Galadriel in The Hobbit.

According to Deadline, director Peter Jackson had this comment: “Cate is one of my favorite actors to work with and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier films.”

The article also suggested it is highly possible fans will see other returning cast members including Ian McKellan as Gandalf and Andy Serkis as Gollum. The cast already counts a few key members: Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ken Stott as Lord Balin, and Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown. As we previously noted, the film will be shot in New Zealand.

The Hobbit Will Be Filmed in New Zealand

9780061917738.jpgOn Monday, thousands of New Zealand citizens demonstrated to keep The Hobbit film shoot in their country, declaring  “New Zealand is Middle Earth.” Now they can rejoice because The Hobbit will be filmed in New Zealand.

The New York Times reports that Prime Minister John Key negotiated with several Hollywood executives to secure the location. The government agreed to provide special financing and introduce new labor legislation. They will provide $15 million for the two films’ production budget and an additional $10 million for marketing.

The article explained the labor complexities: “The legislation is expected to require workers to designate their status as an employee or a freelance worker when beginning a project, then stick with it, according to one person who was briefed on the talks but spoke anonymously because the agreement was not complete.”

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Thousands of Protesters Fight to Keep The Hobbit in New Zealand

New Zealand activists are fighting to keep filming for the upcoming The Hobbit adaptation in that country, the same place where Peter Jackson filmed the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. According to these passionate protesters, “New Zealand is Middle Earth.”

The Guardian reports that Warner Bros. executives will decide this week if the shoot will be in New Zealand.  Prime Minister John Keys will personally oversee the negotiations, hoping that producers will make a decision in his country’s favor.

The article adds: “A dispute over pay and conditions led producers to hint that they might move filming to another country. Carrying banners proclaiming ‘New Zealand is Middle Earth’ and ‘We Love Hobbits,’ a reported 2-3,000 people gathered in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, and other cities such as Auckland and Christchurch in advance of a visit by executives from the studio Warner Bros.”

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