Will Smith’s ‘Emancipation’ Shifting to 2023, Apple Eyes New Date After Slap


More than a month after the slap that were given him banned from the Oscars for a decade, Will Smith remains taken into consideration personality non grata in Hollywood. After he assaulted Chris Rock due to an ill-cautioned funny story made in opposition to his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, a lot of Smith’s destiny initiatives seemed to be in flux. Now, the movie that became set to be his awards-season follow-up is reportedly being driven to subsequent year.

Emancipation, an action-drama wherein Smith stars as Peter, a person who escapes slavery withinside the Louisiana swamps, has been not on time from its anticipated fall 2022 launch date to someday in 2023, Variety reports. Directed with the aid of using Antoine Fuqua, the movie became anticipated to be a repeat awards contender for each Smith, who received first-rate actor for King Richard, and distributor Apple, warm off its first-rate-image win for CODA. An nameless filmmaker advised Variety that after seeing photos of the task earlier than the slap, they anticipated that “Will’s going to win [Oscars] back-to-back.”

An authentic launch date had now no longer been announced, however a supply advised Variety “it’s an unstated truth” that Emancipation can be shifted off the 2022 schedule. The insider stated that at the same time as conversations approximately maintaining a fall launch preserve among Apple professionals and the filmmakers, “it appears particularly unlikely.” Elsewhere on Smith’s IMDB, each Bad Boys four and Netflix’s Fast and Loose are reportedly on pause; Netflix additionally reportedly canceled its sequel to 2017’s Bright, even though it’s reportedly doubtful if that selection became made due to the Oscars slap.

Smith has maintained a low profile because the incident. Last month, he became noticed in India and a supply advised 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 in this season of David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, which premieres on Netflix May 20. However, Smith’s interview became reportedly filmed previous to the Oscars.

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