digital sensation JoJo Siwa has recovered from its planned film debut.
The YouTuber, “Dancing With the Stars” contestant and highly visible LGBTQ figure said Variety which is no longer attached to a film adaptation of “Bounce”, based on Megan Shull’s YA book. In addition, experts familiar with the project said that Supreme Pictures also removed the project from its development pipeline.
“That project was put on hold and then it disappeared,” Siwa said. Variety at the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday. “He wasn’t the one.”
The project fell apart months ago, sources said, and its demise is not related to Smith’s assault on comedian Chris Rock at this year’s Academy Awards.
First announced in the summer of 2020, the film was brought into the studio by producer Caleb Pinkett (“Cobra Kai,” “Charm City Kings”). His sister Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith they were reported to be attached as producers at the time, prior to the formation of their Westbrook content company. A person familiar with Westbrook said that Pinkett Smith and her husband were not leaders on the project, but instead lent support to Caleb Pinkett.
The project also caused a stir last July when Siwa, who came out as pansexual months earlier, revealed that the script for “Bounce” included a kissing scene with a male co-star.
“I’m madly in love and I don’t want to kiss another human,” Siwa said of the love scene. “Especially since he is a man. I’m not aware. I’m trying to get it thrown at me so bad.” Variety later reported that the studio happily removed the kiss scene in light of Siwa’s objection.
In his Saturday conversation with VarietySiwa further clarified that his departure from the project was not related to Smith’s slap, but added, “I usually stay out of all politics, it’s not my acting. But, I will say that being nice to each other is very important. I think that can go both ways, kindness.”