Will Smith’s Upcoming Film Projects Reportedly Put On Hold After Oscars Slap

Will Smith is having more fallouts as a pair of his upcoming projects have reportedly been put on hold in the aftermath of the actor slapping Chris Rock at the Academy Awards.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed Saturday that pre-production on the Smith-starring Netflix action film “Fast and Loose” has stalled following the infamous incident at the Oscars; prior to The Slap, the film’s director David Leitch dropped off the project, and while the streaming service initially sought another filmmaker to take over immediately, Fast and Loose has instead been put “on the back burner.”

Additionally, Smith was reportedly given 40 pages of script for an upcoming fourth installment to the Bad Boys franchise, but Sony too has opted to bench that blockbuster from active development.

As of now, Smith’s next starring role is in the film “Emancipation”, where the actor portrays a runaway slave who journey through Louisiana swamps to escape plantation owners. That Antoine Fuqua-directed movie, currently in post-production, was scheduled to premiere on Apple TV+ in 2022, but no release date has been set yet.

According to IMDB, Smith — in the role of producer — still has plenty of projects on the horizon in various states of development, but the fate of those films and TV shows is now in flux following the fallout of Smith’s infamous Oscars moment.

Smith since the Oscar’s incident has apologised to Rock, the Academy and attendees. On Friday, Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in a statement where he accepted “all consequences for my conduct.”