Disney executives reportedly worried about forthcoming Hitler satire JoJo Rabbit

Adolf Hitler and the horrors of war don’t immediately seem like Disney territory, so it’s hardly surprising that executives at the House of Mouse are getting concerned over a forthcoming film that deals with both.

JoJo Rabbit is an arch “anti-hate” satire from Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. The film is being released by Fox: Searchlight, known for edgy cult hits such as The Full Monty, Little Miss Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire and The Favourite. 

However, now that Fox are owned by Disney, JoJo Rabbit is also a Disney flick, and one that looks set to bring gags about knives and grenades to the big screen – if Disney don’t halt its release.

A revealing report by Variety, which details the extent of dissatisfaction Disney executives are feeling about the acquisition of the studio behind X Men: Dark Phoenix, also details how JoJo Rabbit has been screening:

Halfway through one recent viewing one executive grew audibly uncomfortable, worrying aloud that the material would alienate Disney fans. His unease may have been over the film’s cutting-edge satire, but it was also an expression of the culture clash taking place as the two studios embark on their new union.

 

While it’s unlikely that Disney will pull the film – which is due to be released in early January – they may yet bury it with an unfavourable release date or try to quiet its promotion. 

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