According to The Hollywood Reporter, development on two different projects starring Will Smith has been put on hold following the Oscars incident. While it’s not entirely clear whether these decisions are directly related to Smith’s attack on Chris Rock, the timing certainly seems suspicious.
According to THR’s Kim Masters, Netflix has taken a step back from developing “Fast and Loose,” a film in which Smith was to portray a CIA agent who leads a double life as an organized crime boss. While the timing of the downturn is certainly notable, Smith’s altercation with Rock isn’t the only hurdle this production has encountered. The THR report also notes that future “Fast and Loose” executive David Leitch recently pulled out of the project. While it was planned to look for a new director, it seems that this search has been interrupted for the moment.
Additionally, THR further reports that “Bad Boys 4,” the sequel to 2020’s “Bad Boys For Life,” has gone on an immediate hiatus, though the Oscar-winning actor has already received 40 pages of the script. Interestingly, THR is also speculating that a number of other Will Smith projects in pre-production may soon follow suit. Smith’s future projects are known to include everything from “Bright 2” to the recently announced sequel “I am Legend.” According to IMDb, Smith is also set to star in the Apple TV+ movie “Emancipation” soon. Although that movie wrapped principal photography in 2021, it’s still in the middle of post-production and with no set release date (via VarietyInsight).