BWW Interviews: Andy Serkis Talks THE BONE SEASON
Serkis, whose Imaginarium Studios are currently in the process of adapting the book for the big screen, talks specifically about THE BONE SEASON - the first novel in this phenomenal new seven part fantasy series, which flung 22 year-old author Samantha Shannon into the spotlight when she was hailed as 'the next J K Rowling' by the international press.
Serkis also talks about other upcoming projects, how working with Peter Jackson has influenced his career, and of course, about Gollum and The Hobbit. Check out the Q&A below.
The year is 2059 and nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, employed to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige has an unusual gift, she is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and in her world she commits treason simply by breathing. But outside the repressive boundaries of Scion, a powerful, otherworldly race waits in the shadows. The Season has come and Paige's life is about to change for ever.
What is it about The Bone Season that compelled you to include it in The Imaginarium Studio's very first slate of films?
We first came across the manuscript at the London Book Fair and immediately fell in love with the scope, the scale and the exceptional detail of the world Samantha had created. It's a really compelling story with such a great central character - we all immediately saw its potential as a fantastic feature film.
Have you met Samantha Shannon and how involved will she be in the film's production?
Yes of course - she's a delightful, incredibly intelligent person. She's very warm and a passionate storyteller- dedicated beyond belief. We're working very closely with her on all aspects of bringing the world of the book to the screen. We've been involving her with all the early concept artwork that we're beginning to put together. Obviously it's her world so we want to make sure we bring it to life in the way that she wants.
Can you tell us about how the creative process for adapting a story like The Bone Season begins?
It begins with knowing the story you want to tell. There are thousands of stories contained within the world that Samantha has created- we have to be very disciplined about opening up the world in a way that will lead us on to further investigation in the rest of the series. We need to find the emotional heart of the story; the relationships; the tension; the suspense and the drive, and of course working closely with Samantha is going to make it much easier.