Dan Harmon Producing ‘Bubbles’ Animated Film About Michael Jackson’s Pet Chimp
The screenplay for Bubbles topped the 2015 Black List, but unlike many of the other scripts to land on the list over the years, we won’t have to wait very long to see this one make it to the big screen. Based on Michael Jackson’s pet chimpanzee (yes, really), Bubbles is a pretty weird story, to say the least, and one that requires an equally creative team to adapt it. Enter former Community showrunner and creator Dan Harmon, who is producing a stop-motion animated film based on Bubbles.
THR reports that Harmon and his Starburns Industries banner will produce Bubbles, based on Isaac Adamson’s Black List screenplay, which centers on the titular chimp. Here’s how the script is described:
A baby chimp is adopted by pop star Michael Jackson. Narrating his own story, Bubbles the Chimp details his life within The King of Pop’s inner circle through the scandals that later rocked Jackson’s life and eventually led to Bubbles’ release.
While there’s no director as of yet, Harmon’s adaptation is said to be similar to Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s acclaimed 2015 film that used stop-motion animation in a surprisingly poignant way to tell a complex, emotional story. Harmon and Starburns Industries also produced that film, which went on to earn an Oscar nomination.
Jackson purchased Bubbles from a research facility in Texas in the early ’80s and kept the chimp as a pet and companion. Bubbles went on tour with Jackson, and slept in a crib in the iconic pop star’s bedroom at Neverland Ranch. In 2003, Bubbles had matured past the point of human companionability and had become aggressive. He now resides in a sanctuary in Florida.