The past week has been a whirlwind for Will Smith. After Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, the actor received strong backlash (and some support) from Hollywood and the general public. There have been a number of developments since the awards ceremony last Sunday, the latest being confirmation that Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. However, it would seem that two of his next films have experienced setbacks.
Last summer it was reported that Will Smith would headline a thriller for Netflix called fast and loose. It has now been reported, however, that the streaming giant has quietly put the film on the back burner. As THR mentioned, it’s not just the hit to production as, just a week before the Oscars incident, director David Leitch dropped out in favor of another project at Universal. Trade sources allege that the studio competed with the streamer for Leitch’s services and ultimately emerged victorious.
Before fast and loose, a movie that was supposed to center on an amnesiac crime boss, has been put on hold, Netflix has reportedly been looking to find a new director. Sources say the streaming service made it a priority as the lead actor continued to receive accolades for his work in King Richard in the middle of awards season.
It also looks like one of Will Smith’s most high-profile productions at Sony has also been put on hiatus. THR reports that development on bad boys 4 will remain stalled for the time being. The highly anticipated sequel was reportedly previously in development shortly after the financially and critically successful third installment was released in 2020. The trade mentions that Smith received 40 pages of the script just before the Oscars.
The star also has other projects in various stages of production. His historical drama, Emancipation, is in post, although Apple TV+ apparently hasn’t officially dated the film, which was supposed to be released this year. There is also the recently confirmed I’m a legend continued to consider, which should also feature Michael B. Jordan.
After the Oscars, Will Smith has officially apologized to Chris RockWHO refused to press charges against him. More alleged details of the eventful evening have since emerged, with the Academy claiming last week that Smith was asked to leave the show following the incident. Another report, however, has since told the story of the organization. Broadcasting producer, Will Packer, also shed some light on what was going on behind the scenes when the slap occurred.
It remains to be seen how the Oscars debacle will affect Will Smith’s career in the long run. But given this latest report, it’s possible that information about his other business dealings will surface sooner rather than later.