Taika Waititi, Netflix Exit ‘Bubbles’, Stop-Motion Movie About Michael Jackson’s Chimp

Taika Waititi, Netflix Exit ‘Bubbles’, Stop-Motion Movie About Michael Jackson’s Chimp
Taika Waititi’s busy schedule that includes the awards-season release of Fox Searchlight’s Jojo Rabbit means he is stepping away from plans to direct Bubbles, the stop-motion animated film that tracks the life of Michael Jackson through the eyes of the King of Pop’s pet chimpanzee. With Waititi off the project, we hear Netflix is pulling out of the project as well.

It is hard to imagine that the shocking abuse allegations made in the HBO docu Leaving Neverland by two men who as youths said they were molested by the singer during sleepovers, isn’t playing a part in the cratering of this intriguing project. After all, Netflix paid a whopping $20 million for the property in an auction held during 2017 Cannes. One might only imagine what Bubbles might have seen if there is truth in those accusations that have been vehemently denied by Jackson’s estate.

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