Now that Rupert Wyatt and Andy Serkis have a real smash hit on their hands with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, not to mention a fascinating and provocative film of real quality, they might find themselves empowered to get green lights shining for their passion projects.
It might be presumptive to think Animal Farm would be one of these, but it was the only project I knew they’d been discussing together, outside of the Apes series, and so I really had to ask about it when sitting down with Wyatt yesterday.
So, what’s happening with that idea?
Nothing as yet. We tallked about in on set, quite a lot… [performance capture] is such a great technology to do that story, to do it in such a way that it would be interesting. We haven’t really got to a stage where we tried to visualise it… though Andy did some early work and sent it to me. We thought we could set it in the modern day, in factory farms, and in a way that would reference our world of mass produce. But we haven’t started writing a script or anything. We haven’t got the rights.
I suspect that whoever does own the rights would happily take a meeting with these guys now. Of course, they’d have to pull them out of the 20th Century Fox tractor beams,* because if the pressure isn’t being ratcheted up for an Apes sequel yet, it will surely be only a matter of time.
Previously: Wyatt’s ideas for potential Apes sequels. Coming soon: a full, in-depth discussion about Rise of the Planet of the Apes, jam packed with shiny, sparkly Whys, Wherefores and and even a few Wows.
*Disguised as spotlights. You’ve seen them.