Stoller found Jackson's ideas about a movie adaptation of Jennings Michael Burch's hit book They Cage the Animals at Night compelling and set about getting it made in 2000, and at one point had movie mogul Gibson interested.
He tells MTV News, "Michael handed me this book, They Cage the Animals at Night, and said he'd been wanting to turn it into a movie and thought I'd be the perfect co-director for it.
Gibson's Icon Productions company has since lost interest, but Stoller is still keen to get the project made.
"It's a true story of Burch in the late '40s, growing up in orphanages, and how rough a time he had. He had no real friends all he had was stuffed animals."
Stoller insists Jackson is so passionate about the project because he feels his childhood mirrors that of author Burch's.
He explains, "Michael feels that he grew up like an orphan; he wasn't imprisoned in an orphanage, but he was pretty much imprisoned in hotel rooms by his father, and Michael said he used to stare outside at the kids playing basketball or doing normal kid things."
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