Every year, The Black List - a list of the best screenplays that weren't picked up by Hollywood, as chosen by studio executives - is released, and 2015's number one script was a film called Bubbles.
The synopsis reads: “A baby chimp is adopted by the 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.”
Less than a year later and the the screen play - written by Isaac Adamson - has been picked up by Andrew Kortschak and his production studio End Cue, as well as Community creator Dan Harmon and his Starburns Industries company, according to Deadline.
The best films never made
The best films never made
Nostromo, 1986. It was the growing frailty of director David Lean and a lack of confidence in his health that stalled this epic - and epically cursed production - which was to be shot in South America. Even after shooting was re-arranged to be closer to home, it was permanently halted following the death of Lean in 1991
The Dutch actress Johanna ter Steege was slated to star in Stanley Kubrick's 'The Aryan Papers'
The Tempest, 1970-1975. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger were the duo behind 'The Tempest'. Mia Farrow, James Mason, Topol and the comedian Frankie Howerd were all lined up, as were sets by the cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, but a run-in with distributors the Rank Organisation meant it never saw the light of day
Birdsong, 1994-present. Why Sebastian Faulks's wartime bestseller - which has had several hot-shot directors lined up including Michael Mann, Paul Greengrass and Paul Weir – has failed to hit cinemas is unclear. Casting issues, a lack of money or a feeling that its moment has simply passed? Perhaps, though Faulks' less popular novel 'Charlotte Gray' made it to the screen in 2001.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, 2000-present . It was to have been one of Terry Gilliam's most ambitious films, but 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' was abandoned after only four weeks of filming when a combination of illness, torrential rain and flash flooding, sealed its disastrous fate, a series of events charted in the documentary 'Lost in La Mancha'. It's now in pre-production again with filming due to start next year
The pair will make Bubbles into an animated feature length film, Harmon having previously produced Anomalisa, which was nominated for the Best Animated Film Oscar.
Bubbles story is one of tragedy, having became an overly aggressive chimp as he reached adulthood; after all, these animals are not meant to be kept as pets. Bubbles was another factor toward the bizarre and eccentric image of Jackson, who lived with his companion on a ranch he referred to as Neverland. The chimp lived with Jackson from the 1980s until 2003, when he was moved to a monkey sanctuary in Florida.