Director Taika Waititi’s new gig

What is a director to do after helming a highly anticipated Marvel Cinematic follow up? Go into hiding? No, he finds another project and uses the momentum from the Marvel exposure to gain exposure for the follow up! Director Taika Waititi isn’t wasting time with all the press that’s coming and has revealed:

About a year ago, we reported that Dan Harmon was working on bringing Isaac Adamson’s Black List script Bubbles to the big screen. The bizarre, stop-motion animated project looks at Michael Jackson’s life through the eyes of his pet chimpanzee, Bubbles…

“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. 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.”

I won’t lie. This sounds bizarre… but maybe in a good way? Stop motion animation can be an effective tool but one that too few directors know how to properly utilize. I will hold reservation for now but the idea does fascinate me.