With several of Fox's recent films, including Dark Phoenix and Stuber, making less than expected at the box office, the studio may be in trouble with its new parent company, Disney.
The highly-anticipated World War II satire by Taiki Waititi, Jojo Rabbit, may be a potential win for Fox, especially considering it is already expected to be a major contender in the awards circuit. However, an executive at Disney reportedly felt the film may be "too edgy" for Disney.
According to Variety, one of Disney's executives was noticeably uncomfortable during a screening of Jojo Rabbit, and even said the film would "alienate Disney fans."
Based on the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens, Jojo Rabbit centers around a young German boy who gets advice from his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (played by Taiki Waititi). The film is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Written and directed by Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit stars Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo Betzler, Thomasin McKenzie as Elsa Korr, Taika Waititi as Adolf Hitler, Rebel Wilson as Fraulein Rahm, Stephen Merchant as Captain Deertz, Alfie Allen as Finkel, Sam Rockwell as Captain Klenzendorf and Scarlett Johansson Rosie Betzler. The film arrives in theaters October 18.