The Green Lantern star will helm Bubbles alongside animation director Mark Gustafson. Waititi will use stop-motion technology, 3D printing, and puppetry to develop the movie.

"It's an idea that fascinates me and one I want to develop further. 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," a statement from the director reads. "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."

The ape went everywhere with the late pop star throughout the 1980s and prompted screenwriter Isaac Adamson to dream up a script of what it would be like being Jacko's pet. His Bubbles screenplay topped 2015's Hollywood Black List of the best film ideas yet to be produced.

A description of the script read: "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."

Bubbles, who is now 33-years-old, currently lives at the Center for Great Apes monkey sanctuary in Florida, according to