Two Will Smith films planned on the back burner after Oscar slap

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LOS ANGELES — Two major movie productions starring Will Smith have been halted, Hollywood sources say.

According to film industry website The Hollywood Reporter, a planned Netflix movie Fast And Loose has been put on the back burner.

A week before the Oscars, director David Leitch had pulled out of the action thriller in a move unrelated to work on a Ryan Gosling film, Fall Guy.

This led Netflix to issue an urgent appeal for a replacement director, but that was reportedly put on hold after Smith’s Oscar slap.

The 53-year-old star was also supposed to star in the fourth installment of the Bad Boys film franchise (1995-2020), which was discontinued by Sony, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The most recent Bad Boys film, Bad Boys For Life, was the fourth highest-grossing film of 2020, grossing US$426.5 million (S$578.8 million) at the global box office.

Smith would have reunited with co-star Martin Lawrence as the maverick Miami cops in the action-comedy franchise.

Film studios would assess Smith’s tarnished reputation after he slapped comedian Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars for making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

The King Richard (2021) star, who won the Best Actor Oscar after the slap, later apologized and resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He is slated to appear in a slavery drama series, Emancipation, on Apple TV+ in the fall and the streaming service has not announced any delays.

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