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Will Smith’s next movie Emancipation pushed back as Oscars slap fallout continues


Do not anticipate an “Emancipation” for Oscar winner Will Smith in 2022.

Initially anticipated to drop on the autumn pageant circuit later this 12 months, the actor’s next movie from Apple, and co-produced by his manufacturing firm Westbrook Studios, is planning to delay the movie’s launch to someday in 2023. (Watch above.)

Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Coaching Day), the movie would have been the primary launch for Smith following his assault on comedian Chris Rock in the course of the 94th Oscars. Because of this, he was banned from attending the Oscars and different Academy-related occasions for 10 years.

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Will Smith’s next movie from Apple might be delayed to someday in 2023. (Getty)

Although the studio didn’t formally date Emancipation, it was anticipated to be the streamer’s next potential awards mission this 12 months after successful finest image for CODA.

Whereas Apple has not shared an official date, one supply acquainted with the scenario stated “it is the unstated reality” that the action-drama is not going to hit the platform in 2022.

Nevertheless, the identical supply additionally revealed there have been ongoing inner discussions between Apple executives and the filmmakers on how a launch within the fall may transfer ahead, nevertheless it appears extremely unlikely.

Within the weeks main as much as this 12 months’s Oscars, the excitement was already rising concerning Emancipation.

One filmmaker, who requested to stay nameless, instructed Selection earlier than the Academy Awards that they noticed early footage from the movie: “Will’s going to win back-to-back.” On the time, the quote was referencing his upcoming finest actor win for King Richard.

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Smith’s altercation with Rock can be a dominating subject surrounding promotion for the movie. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Smith’s altercation with Rock can be a dominating subject surrounding promotion for the movie, whether or not Smith was concerned or not. Whereas the slap controversy is a distinguished issue within the predicted shift, a number of sources shared that Fuqua remains to be deep in post-production and will not be prepared in time for a 2022 bow.

The movie suffered quite a few delays resulting from shifting the manufacturing from Georgia to Louisiana in protest of the state’s voting restrictions legal guidelines, the destruction attributable to Hurricane Ida and the pause resulting from COVID circumstances in August 2021.

One other contributing ingredient is a packed slate for Apple within the second half of the 12 months. Lots of its movies may very well be marketed for a considerable awards push.

The corporate has the Sundance Movie Pageant Viewers Award winner Cha Cha Actual Easy, with Dakota Johnson, dropping on June 17, earlier than unveiling animated function Luck” from its newly acquired Skydance Animation on August 5.

As well as, Apple has a number of undated movies anticipated, notably Martin Scorsese’s The Killers of the Flower Moon with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jesse Plemons. The Oscar-winning director of The Departed can also be nonetheless within the enhancing room with longtime collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker.

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Emancipation has confronted quite a few delays over the previous 12 months. (Getty)

Scorsese is understood for his lengthy means of ending his films, and regardless of wrapping in September 2021, the $200 million movie adaptation may additionally face a attainable transfer to 2023.

Nonetheless anticipated this 12 months from Apple is Rodrigo Garcia’s Raymond & Ray, with Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke, and Peter Farrelly’s The Biggest Beer Run Ever, his first movie since Inexperienced E book gained finest image.

As well as, the corporate has a handful of documentaries within the pipeline, together with a still-untitled Sidney Poitier doc from Reginald Hudlin, Black & Blues: The Colourful Ballad of Louis Armstrong from Sacha Jenkins and The Sound of 007 from Mat Whitecross.

That does not rely any acquisitions that will out of Cannes, lower than two weeks away, and the Venice, Telluride and Toronto movie festivals on the horizon.

Emancipation is written by Invoice Collage and in addition stars Emmy contender Ben Foster (The Survivor), and tells the story of a runaway slave who tries to flee his plantation house owners. Additionally serving as producers are Todd Black, Joey McFarland and Jon Mone.

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