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Imaginarium to Adapt 'Animal Farm'

The Imaginarium secures the film rights to the highly anticipated book series “The Bone Season,” by Samantha Shannon, as well as the film rights to adapt George Orwell’s seminal novel “Animal Farm.”

London-based performance capture studio The Imaginarium has secured the film rights to the highly anticipated book series “The Bone Season,” by Samantha Shannon, as well as the film rights to adapt George Orwell’s seminal novel “Animal Farm,” according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter.

“The dystopian world created by Samantha in ‘The Bone Season’ series offers a fantastic setting for a truly extraordinary and thrilling narrative,” said Imaginarium co-founder Andy Serkis. “We are honored that she chose to collaborate with us in the adaptation of her work.”

“Samantha has created a compelling and unique world and a gripping story crafted to span a series of novels. The Bone Season offers the opportunity to create a dynamic franchise with global appeal,” adds The Imaginarium’s Jonathan Cavendish.

Scheduled for publication on August 20, 2013, by Bloomsbury, “The Bone Season” was acquired during the London Book Fair in a pre-emptive bid by the publisher.

“Samantha Shannon is an extraordinarily talented writer,” said Alexandra Pringle, Bloomsbury editor-in-chief. “‘The Bone Season’ is a startling combination of a unique literary voice, a fully conceived, terrifying parallel world and a narrative pace that grips like a vice.”

“I am thrilled to be working with The Imaginarium,” said Shannon. “Their name had me from the start: a place devoted to imagination. There is a strong, visual sensibility to my writing process and I am very excited by the creative possibilities for how The Bone Season could translate from page to screen. I am confident that all the members of the Imaginarium team are as passionate about the book as I am and I look forward to working with them to make this project a reality.”

In addition to “The Bone Season,” The Imaginarium has negotiated the rights for a feature film adaptation of George Orwell’s classic tale, “Animal Farm.”

“Both The Bone Season and Animal Farm are perfectly suited to the Imaginarium,” said Cavendish. “With ‘Animal Farm,’ we will reinvent this iconic story for a new generation, using the unique storytelling techniques offered by performance capture. The acquisition of these two projects marks an exciting time for all us at The Imaginarium.”

Serkis and Cavendish will serve as producers on The Bone Season; Serkis will direct and act in Animal Farm and produce along with Cavendish.

“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,” said Serkis. “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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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.