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Netflix Lands Michael Jackson Pet Chimp Film, ‘Bubbles’

Variety logo Variety 5/18/2017 Brent Lang
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Netflix strikes again.

The streaming leviathan is closing in on a blockbuster deal for “Bubbles,” a stop motion animated film about Michael Jackson’s pet chimpanzee that is selling at this year’s Cannes Film Festival market. The simian story is brought to audiences by Taika Waititi, who directed “The Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and the upcoming “Thor:Ragnarok.” It’s co-directored by Mark Gustafson (“Fantastic Mr. Fox”).

Deadline first reported the news. An insider says the pact is for worldwide rights and the figure is just under $20 million.

Netflix is a big presence at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. For the first time, the streaming service has movies playing in competition — Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories” and Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja.” On the festival circuit, Netflix has been an active buyer, snapping up the likes of “Mudbound,” “Icarus,” and “The Incredible Jessica Jones.”

CAA handled the sale.

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