Dan Harmon to Produce a Stop Motion Animated Movie about Michael Jackson’s Chimp


After Dan Harmon assembled a small team to help produce a stop-motion animated episode of Community back in 2010, they were soon looking for other material to work on… which eventually led them to Charlie Kaufman’s sound play turned feature film, Anomalisa. The movie was met with widespread critical acclaim and even earned an Oscar nomination. So what will Starburns Industries do for an encore? Would you believe… a stop motion animated feature about Michael Jackson’s chimp? Yep, that sounds about right. Hit the jump to find out what we know about this unusual project.

According to Deadline, Starburns Industries has acquired Isaac Adamson’s script Bubbles with the intention of turning it into a stop motion animated film. The script topped the 2015 Black List as the best unproduced screenplay in Hollywood last year. No word yet on who might direct but Dan Harmon will produce along with Andrew Kortschak (Cop Car). Adamson will be involved as an executive producer.

The story is told from the point of view of (and also narrated by) Bubbles, who was adopted by Michael Jackson from a Texas research facility in the early ’80s and brought to the Neverland Ranch in 1988. By 2003, however, he had grown up and become too aggressive to be a pet, so he was eventually moved to an animal sanctuary. The project is being envisioned as a creative way to tell the story of Michael Jackson and his various scandals without needing his life rights, although something tells me Jackson’s estate will be none too pleased. What do you think, does this idea have potential or should they just leave Michael alone?

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