Updates for upcoming anticipated projects.
Director Taika Waititi (Thor Ragnarok) recently spoke to Deadline with updates about his upcoming projects. Unfortunately, for people looking forward to seeing his upcoming Bubbles film inspired by the Michael Jackson-owned monkey of the same, it sounds like this thing’s not coming out anytime soon. Here’s what the now very popular director has to say about it:
Speaking of controversy, you were planning to do an animated film following the exploits of Bubbles, Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee. Is that still an active project?
That script has been around for a long time, and it’s a little bit stuck in the early stages of trying to figure out what it could be and what it would look like. It’s a f*cking brilliant script, though. It’s so cool to look at the idea of telling a story like this through the eyes of a chimpanzee.
But right now I’m finishing two other features—one which I’m looking to do this year—and finishing Jojo, and there are a couple of TV shows I’m developing. There’s about two or three that I mentioned to the press, and they’re way back on my backburner.
You talked about Bubbles as being a film that you’d develop in between other things.
Yeah, but I’ve actually had to start pulling out of other things, because I was just becoming too busy. And so even doing something like that delays everything else. Even with an animated movie, it turns out, you have to be pretty present.
Yeah, it sounds like Taika has bitten off more than he can chew at the moment, which probably means it’s gonna be a while before we get any sign of Bubbles coming out. Stop motion animation, especially the variety that studio Starburns employs, takes a long time to do anyway. Even if the script is done, it sounds like it will be a couple of years before we see the release.
Update 5/24: It’s dead
Patton Oswalt dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live for his 19th (!) time and the conversation was par for the course for the comedian who has managed a very successful career with jokes featuring D&D punchlines. In any event, the star of Hulu’s upcoming M.O.D.O.K. animated series let slip some details about how he plans to approach the voice the popular villain and where we are in production right now. Check it out below: