The news comes after the actor resigned from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Will Smith was supposed to star in Netflix’s forthcoming “Fast and Loose” film, but his Oscars slap incident has presented a stumbling block, and the production had already lost its original director days before the incident, delaying the film’s road to being produced.
“Deadpool 2” director David Leitch was set to direct “Fast And Loose,” but he had withdrawn from the project just a week before the Academy Awards, owing to a schedule problem with the film “Fall Guy,” which he is filming alongside Ryan Gosling this summer.
The narrative of a criminal lord who loses his memory after an assault was to be told in “Fast and Loose.” By piecing together facts, he realizes that he has been a rich kingpin and a broke CIA operative at the same time.
Netflix put out an urgent request for a new director to take over, according to information obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. However, after Smith’s on-stage assault on Chris Rock at the Oscars, Netflix discreetly shelved the film.
Smith’s forthcoming “Bad Boys 4” was also in the works, but “will now pause,” as per another insider who told the publication and “a few other projects in pre-production are likely to do the same.”
As we previously reported, Smith struck Rock in the face with an open palm and yelled a profanity at him for making a joke about his wife’s looks at the Oscars event on Sunday.
Producer Will Packer then, alleges that police alerted Rock that they were going to take Smith out of the crowd and arrest him for battery, but the comedian dismissed the authorities.
Smith has since apologized for his actions on the night of the awards. Chris, on the other hand, indicated during his act on Wednesday night that he’s still digesting what happened and that he’ll address it later on his comedy tour.
Furthermore, the actor, who received his first Academy Award for best actor for his portrayal in “King Richard,” just resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, so this news comes as no surprise.