Actor Andy Serkis Directing His First Feature Film Next Year
One the final bits of news from Cannes that I wanted to pick up on this tidbit from Deadline. They've heard, apparently from Andy Serkis himself, that the British actor plans to make his feature directing debut next year with a psychological thriller. Serkis wouldn't reveal the name or any other details about the project, but would confirm that he recently started up a new production company called Caveman Films with Bridget Jones and Elizabeth: The Golden Age producer Jonathan Cavendish. Serkis can next be seen as rocker Ian Dury in the film Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. He also stars in Burke & Hare and The Adventures of Tintin.
Speaking of Serkis, Collider recently interviewed him and they talked ever so briefly about directing. He's worked with some fantastic directors (Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Chris Nolan) and talks about what he's learned from them. "It's about eliciting performances, and at the same time, it's about... valuing other people's work... It's seemingly a much more vibrant and positive way of working, really, rather than being a sort of, an authoritarian, who just has a very fixed way of working and thinks they know what they're doing." Serkis is also co-developing a motion-capture version of The Threepenny Opera with musician Nick Cave.