Greater than a month after the slap that obtained him banned from the Oscars for a decade, Will Smith remains to be thought-about persona non grata in Hollywood. After he assaulted Chris Rock due to an ill-advised joke made towards his spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith, a lot of Smith’s future initiatives appeared to be in flux. Now, the movie that was set to be his awards-season follow-up is reportedly being pushed to subsequent yr.
Emancipation, an action-drama during which Smith stars as Peter, a person who escapes slavery within the Louisiana swamps, has been delayed from its anticipated fall 2022 launch date to someday in 2023, Variety experiences. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the movie was anticipated to be a repeat awards contender for each Smith, who won best actor for King Richard, and distributor Apple, scorching off its best-picture win for CODA. An nameless filmmaker informed Selection that when seeing footage of the undertaking earlier than the slap, they predicted that “Will’s going to win [Oscars] back-to-back.”
An official launch date had not been introduced, however a supply informed Selection “it’s an unstated fact” that Emancipation shall be shifted off the 2022 schedule. The insider mentioned that whereas conversations about preserving a fall launch proceed between Apple execs and the filmmakers, “it appears extremely unlikely.” Elsewhere on Smith’s IMDB, each Dangerous Boys 4 and Netflix’s Quick and Unfastened are reportedly on pause; Netflix additionally reportedly canceled its sequel to 2017’s Bright, though it’s reportedly unclear if that call was made due to the Oscars slap.
Smith has maintained a low profile for the reason that incident. Final month, he was spotted in India and a supply informed Entertainment Tonight that he “has been going to remedy after the Oscars incident.” He has but to publicly deal with the scandal, however will seem on this season of David Letterman’s My Next Visitor Wants No Introduction, which premieres on Netflix Might 20. Nevertheless, Smith’s interview was reportedly filmed prior to the Oscars.