bubbles movie cancelled

We all knew this was coming. Bubbles, Taika Waititi‘s long-gestating stop-motion movie about Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee, is officially dead. Isaac Adamson wrote the script, which is a kind of biopic of the late King of Pop told from the point of view of his pet chimp. Waititi was set to co-direct with Mark Gustafson, with Netflix distributing.

However, Waititi has officially departed, and his departure has inspired Netflix to cancel the project entirely. Waititi’s leaving is being chalked up to scheduling difficulties with the live-action Akira he’s directing, but it’s also highly likely the project is dead in the water due to Leaving Neverland, the disturbing HBO documentary that rekindled talk of Jackson’s alleged sexual misconduct with children.

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Chippendales movie

A movie based on the creation of the famous Chippendales male strip club back in the 1980s has been kicking around Hollywood for decades, and it seems like all it needed to finally get some legitimate traction was the greased up dance moves of the Magic Mike movies. Bold Films has reportedly committed to finance the new Chippendales movie, which has Ben Stiller (Zoolander) attached and Dav Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) in talks to play the lead role.
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Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok) and co-director Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) have signed on to direct a stop-motion animated movie biopic titled Bubbles, about Michael Jackson’s famous pet chimpanzee. Hit the jump to learn more details about this crazy project and the Bubbles directors.

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