Taika Waititi's Bubbles picked up by Netflix for $20 million video

Streaming service Netflix has picked up Taika Waititi's project Bubbles for US$20 million reports Variety.

Waititi signed on to direct the film about Michael Jackson's pet chimp Bubbles in February this year.

"It's an idea that fascinates me and one I want to develop further," Waititi said in a statement to Deadline.com.

'Bubbles' will be Taika Waititi's first foray into animation.
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'Bubbles' will be Taika Waititi's first foray into animation.

The feature film will be Waititi's first attempt at stop-motion animation.

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Waititi will co-direct the film with Mark Gustafson, who's currently making Pinocchio with fantasy director Guillermo del Toro.

Michael Jackson and his beloved pet chimp Bubbles.
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Michael Jackson and his beloved pet chimp Bubbles.

He said he wasn't interested in making a biopic and stressed the film wasn't about Michael Jackson.

"[T]hat's not a story for me to tell – or a story I'd be comfortable telling – it's about a chimpanzee's fascinating journey through the complex jungle of human life.

"I want to focus on telling a story that blends fact and fantasy, about an animal trying to make sense of the world.

"I think animation is the only way to approach a story like this."

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Waititi is currently putting the finishing touches on Thor: Ragnarok which is set to be released in November this year.

 - Stuff

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