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George Orwell’s Iconic Novella ‘Animal Farm’ Acquired by Netflix

George Orwell’s beloved dystopian, Animal Farm, is coming to the small screen. Netflix has bought Andy Serkis’ feature film adaptation of Animal Farm and will work with the director-producer to develop it.



Director Andy Serkis, who may be familiar due to his recent role in Black Panther, acquired the rights to Animal Farm in 2012 with the intention of adapting it into a TV series. Since then he’s been looking for a home for the series and has finally found one in Netflix, though it will air as a film instead of a series. Serkis will produce it alongside Matt Reeves, Rafi Crohn, Adam Kassan, and Jonathan Cavendish.


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Serkis commented that Netflix is the “perfect creative home” for Orwell’s dystopian story. The successful media provider is certainly known for being a home to many successful dystopian and sci-fi series, including Black Mirror. With the success of Black Mirror and the overall popularity of Orwell’s classic novella, it’s no surprise that Netflix had jumped on board. 


In an age in which equality is at the forefront of public discourse, now is as good a time as any for an adaptation of Animal Farm to hit screens and the producers are very much aware of that.


Cavendish told Deadline that the producers intend to approach the adaptation in a “contemporary fashion” which will, “highlight the staggering relevance today of the satirical and dramatic power of Orwell’s re-imagined classic.”



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