We always thought that the title of Michael Jackson’s albums were a clear indicator about his behaviour. Starting with ‘Off The Wall‘, (which was the first sign that all was not right surely) he then made ‘Thriller’ (he’s getting bolder) the clearest clue was the album, ‘BAD’ and surely he was crying out for investigation when he bought out his next album and called it ‘Dangerous’. So having got away with it all for so long he then called his next album, ‘Invincible’. I rest my case m’lord’
We dread to think what the album ‘ Michael Jackson’s Number Ones’ was about but we digress because it seems that now the circus that surrounded his life was viewed by one person. We say person we mean, monkey, his pet chimp Bubbles and now there’s to be a film made about him. In what looks like a highly individual project actor/writer/director Taika Waititi will direct the stop-motion feature Bubbles, a coming-of-age story about Michael Jackson’s celebrity pet chimpanzee.
Waititi, the New Zealand director behind Hunt For The Wilderpeople, and upcoming Marvel Studios tentpole Thor: Ragnarok, will work alongside co-director Mark Gustafon, who served as animation director on Fantastic Mr Fox and the company behind it were also the animators behind 2016 best animation feature Oscar nominee Anomalisa.
The script written by Isaac Adamson’s topped the 2015 Black List (a list of best unproduced scripts) and covers the life of the late superstar’s pet.
“It’s an idea that fascinates me and one I want to develop further,” Waititi, who made Michael Jackson a central figure in his 2010 award-winning film Boy, said. “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. 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.”
Bubbles the chimp watched all the shenanigans had a unique perspective on Michael Jackson and frankly who doesn’t like a monkey? So let’s join together in celebration with a rendition of that famous cockney sing-a-long , ‘I’m forever blowing Bubbles’ (‘You’re fired‘ – Ed)