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Taika Waititi & Mark Gustafson To Direct Michael Jackson Chimp Pic ‘Bubbles’

On 10, Feb 2017 | In Featured, Press & News | By

Taika Waititi has signed on to direct Isaac Adamson’s Black List-topping script Bubbles, about Michael Jackson’s famous pet chimpanzee, alongside co-director Mark Gustafson.

Andrew Kortschak and Walter Kortschak of End Cue will produce the stop-motion animated feature with Dan Harmon’s Starburns Industries, alongside exec producers Adamson and Lee Stobby. Rocket Science is handling international sales for the title and shopping to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin, while CAA is handling U.S. rights.

The original and offbeat coming-of-age story will be told in the vein of Starburns-produced Anomalisa, which was nominated for the Best Animated Film Oscar after it caused a stir at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival and was snapped up by Paramount.

Waititi and Gustafson couldn’t be a more perfect fit for such a project: Multihyphenate Waititi, who received an Oscar nom for his 2004 live-action short Two Cars, One Night, has worked on projects including Eagle vs. SharkWhat We Do in the ShadowsHunt for the Wilderpeople and TV series The Inbetweeners. He is currently directing Thor: Ragnarok.