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Netflix has some of the most exciting original films and series around right now, but this one sounds a little out of left field. 'Bubbles' is a stop-motion animated film about Michael Jackson's titular pet chimpanzee.

The streaming giant reportedly paid close to $20 million for the worldwide rights to the film.

'Bubbles' is co-directed by Taika Waititi ('The Hunt for the Wilderpeople', 'Thor: Ragnarok') and Mark Gustafson ('The Fantastic Mr. Fox'), and was written by Isaac Adamson.

Adamson's script was near the top of Hollywood's 2015 Black List, a list of unproduced scripts in Tinseltown that are the most-liked among film executives.

Netflix bought the rights to 'Bubbles' at the Cannes Film Festival last week. However, its relationship with Cannes could prove fractious going forward.

That's because Cannes decided that from now on, only films released in cinemas will be eligible for awards at the festival, and Netflix only grants a small proportion of its original films a theatrical release.

Source:

Variety

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