Anomalisa maker Starburns Industries is moving forward with its stop motion feature Bubbles, an unauthorized Michael Jackson biopic told from the point of view of his famous chimp companion, Bubbles.
Stop motion veteran Mark Gustafson will direct the film with Taika Waititi (director of the 2005 Oscar-nominated live-action short Two Cars, One Night and currently directing Thor: Ragnarok). Gustafson was the animation director of Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, and prior to that worked for many years at Will Vinton Studios, where among other things he was supervising director of The PJs tv series. Gustafson is currently co-directing Pinocchio with Guillermo del Toro. Starburns’ pairing of Gustafson and Waititi is similar to its approach on Anomalisa, in which animation director Duke Johnson collaborated with live-action director Charlie Kaufman.
Bubbles is based on a spec script by Isaac Adamson. Community creator Dan Harmon, who is a partner in Starburns, will produce the film with Andrew and Walter Kortschak of End Cue. Adamson will exec produce with Lee Stobby.