Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019 by Chris Evangelista
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.