Will Smith’s Oscar Slap Not A Factor In Movie Delay

Ever since Will Smith’s Oscar slap, it seemed like the former Fresh Prince’s film projects were being delayed and scrapped en masse. This includes the highly anticipated bad boys 4, which was rumored to be on hiatus after the incident. However, in a recent interview with Deadline, Sony studio head Tom Rothman said those reports are “incorrect.” While the movie isn’t happening anytime soon, Rothman says there is “There were no brakes to pump because the car wasn’t moving.”

Rothman maintains that the film is still in development and appears unwilling to cut ties with the previously beloved megastar.

That was a very unfortunate thing that happened, and I don’t think it’s really my place to comment, except to say that I’ve known Will Smith for many years and I know he’s a good person. That was an example of a very good person going through a very bad time, in front of the world. I believe his apology and repentance are genuine, and I believe in forgiveness and redemption.

This is actually a nice sentiment coming from Rothman, given that in the days after the slap, it seemed that Smith was in danger of being “canceled”. Part of this may well be because Smith, smack or no smack, is still one of the biggest stars in the world. His next big film, Antoine Fuqua’s fugitive slave drama, EmancipationnorthApple reportedly pushed it back to 2023. It was meant to be an Oscar contender, though I’d take the delay with a grain of salt. A lot can happen over the summer, and maybe Apple will give it a run in the fourth quarter of Oscar qualifiers after all.

as far as the bad boys 4 The delay goes, let’s not forget that the series has never been known for the timeliness of its sequels. It took us eight years to get bad boys 2and then another seventeen for us to get bad boys for life. It will happen…eventually.

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