The movie about Michael Jackson's chimp has landed a pretty big director
As far as biopics go, this one has got to be one of the most interesting we've ever heard of.
Normally, when Hollywood announces that it will be making a movie about someone's life, we expected it to be presidents or royalty or celebrities, and we're not entirely sure that Bubbles falls into any of those categories. Or maybe all three, we're not entirely sure how the chimp monarchy works.
However, that hasn't Taika Waititi from signing on to the project. If you haven't heard of him, then you need to do two things immediately to fix that. One: watch the incredibly funny What We Do In The Shadows. Two: watch the equally incredibly funny Hunt For The Wilderpeople (it's just been added to Netflix).
He's got such a talent that Marvel and Disney hired him to direct the upcoming thunder-god threequel Thor: Ragnarok, and now he's joining Dan Harmon (Community, Rick & Morty) in bringing the story of Bubbles to the big screen.
Waititi told Deadline that "It’s an idea that fascinates me and one I want to develop further. Most people know I’m a huge Michael Jackson fan, so the main thing for me is to make sure it’s respectful of him and his legacy. I’m not interested in making a biopic; I want to focus on telling a story that blends fact and fantasy, about an animal trying to make sense of the world. This film is not about Michael Jackson because that’s not a story for me to tell — or a story I’d be comfortable telling — it’s about a chimpanzee’s fascinating journey through the complex jungle of human life.”
The film is going to be done in a claymation style, and anyone who has seen recent gem Anomalisa will have a good idea of the vibe Waititi is aiming for.
Personally, we can't wait to see Bubbles' behind-the-scenes look when he was in one of MJ's best music videos...
Clip via Michael Jackson VEVO