Friday, February 10, 2017

Apemation: Taika Waititi and Mark Gustafson To Direct 'Bubbles'

Do you remember the planned stop-motion biopic of Michael Jackson told from the perspective of his pet chimpanzee Bubbles?

It now has two directors.

The first man in question? Taika Waititi.

The acclaimed director of Marvel Studios' upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, Hunt for the Bewilderpeople, and What We Do in the Shadows, Waititi is no stranger to animation. He wrote an early draft of Moana, and is also in actor in various films. The Bubbles project is the brainchild of screenwriter Isaac Adamson, Dan Harmon and Starburns (Anomalisa) were set to make it happen. Deadline reports that the story will play out the way Anomalisa did, hinting that this will indeed be an adults-only picture. It would have to be, honestly.

Waititi is not alone. He is directing alongside stop-motion veteran Mark Gustafson, animation director on Fantastic Mr. Fox. What an exciting combo! Waititi did state, however, that the film will not really be about Jackson: 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."

He went on to say "I think animation is the only way to approach a story like this. I really loved Anomalisa because it was beautiful and authentic in its meditation on loneliness. I’m really excited to be working with Dan Harmon and Starburns as we share similar sensibilities and want to tell human stories in unique and artistic ways."

Well... That's certainly a more interesting development in an animation world full of family movies and throwaway rental comedies. Hopefully it, unlike Anomalisa, gets something of a wider release now that Sausage Party did well at the box office. Hopefully that sent the message, that animation can reach other audiences beside the everyone/family audience. Viva la adults-only animation...

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