Will Smith’s sequel to the 2017 action picture ‘Bright’ has been canceled by Netflix, while National Geographic has delayed production on ‘Pole to Pole’ after he smacked Chris Rock at the Oscars.
The streaming giant has canceled the actor’s 2017 sci-fi action movie ‘Bright,’ directed by David Ayer.
His National Geographic nature series, ‘Pole to Pole,’ which was supposed to begin production in three weeks and would have followed the 53-year-old actor to the North and South Poles, has been postponed until fall 2022, according to the news site.
The abrupt cancellation of ‘Bright’ appears to have nothing to do with Smith’s latest scandal, which erupted after he slugged Chris Rock during last month’s Academy Awards show.
In addition, Smith has projects lined up that have been slashed, including a Sony film that has been postponed and another Netflix project for the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise.
After David Leitch quit the picture before of the Academy Awards, Netflix was in the process of hiring a replacement director.
‘Bad Boys 4,’ a Sony picture that had begun pre-production prior to the awards presentation, was also placed on hold.
Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after the March event.
Smith has been barred from attending or participating in any Academy event or program, according to a statement released by the Academy: ‘The Board of Governors has decided that Mr. Smith will not be authorized to attend any Academy events or programs in person or digitally for a period of ten years, beginning April 8, 2022,’ the statement said in part.
“We wish to convey our heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Rock for his calm demeanor in the face of adversity,” the company continued. ‘We’d also like to express our gratitude to our hosts, nominees, presenters, and winners for their composure and grace throughout the broadcast.”
Following the Academy’s April 8 board decision, Smith informed Page Six, He said, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”
Chris Rock, 57, made a joke about Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head while presenting the Oscar for Best Documentary at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
The actress has been open about her alopecia struggles, and she didn’t laugh at the joke in which he compared her to Demi Moore’s shaved head look in the 1997 film G.I. Jane.
Smith then walked up to Rock and smacked him across the face with his right hand.
“Will Smith just knocked the s*** out of me,” Rock stated after getting hit on stage.
After the outburst, Smith returned to his wife’s seat and yelled at the comic.
‘Don’t say anything about my wife’s name!’ Smith
Rock continued to present the best documentary feature category, seeming surprised and flustered.
The horrifying scene was aired live across the world, startling both the Dolby Theatre audience and television viewers.
In much of the United States, the exchange was muted on a delayed telecast, but it was broadcast in full to select international audiences.
In the film ‘King Richard,’ Smith earned Best Actor for his depiction of Richard Williams, the tenacious father who nurtured tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams.
He defended his on-stage meltdown in his victory speech, but he didn’t mention Rock while apologizing for his physical outburst during his address.
Smith began his address by saying, “Richard Williams was a staunch defender of his family.” He went on to say, ‘In my life, I’m being called on to love people, to protect people, and to be a river to my people.’
‘Art imitates life,’ Smith added. I may appear to be the crazy father, but love will drive you insane.
During his sold-out comedy concert in Boston, the comedian broke his silence regarding being slapped by Smith, telling the audience that he was “still digesting what occurred that night,” before promising to “speak about that s***” at a later date.