We saw the trailer for Serkis’s next film, The Cottage, a couple of days ago. The film is a small budget British horror/comedy, which is a lot different from what we have seen him in before. He brought Gollum to life in The Lord Of The Rings, and was the man behind King Kong. His next movie with Peter Jackson will be Tintin, the first movie in a planned trilogy. Empire got the chance to talk to Serkis, and he revealed some very interesting details.
“It was on the Avatar stage,” Serkis told us, referring to James Cameron’s currently shooting 3D CG sci-fi bonanza. “We had this incredible week. Cameron was there, Peter Jackson was there (who’s directing one of the three Tintin films), and Steven Spielberg was there (who’s directing another). All in the same room!”
Which means that the film will be using the same technology as Avatar, which shows the characters in their (almost) final form on monitors, even though they’re only in lycra body stockings on set. “You’re on a bare, empty stage with actors standing around in blue Lycra with dots on, but [on the monitor] the director is looking into a fully rendered, three-dimensional virtual set, with the actors as their characters”.
On The Hobbit:
“I think I’d find it very hard to turn down the opportunity to play Gollum again, because he’s become very much a part of me. For good or bad, he’s still very much there!”.