Will SmithThe Oscar antics continue to have ripple effects a week later. If someone is a fan of Bad Boys franchise – and who among us can pretend to be otherwise? – it got personal.
There are rumors in town regarding the next planned entry into the Jerry Bruckheimer-produces cop buddies series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “bad boys 4 was in active development and Smith received 40 pages of the script prior to the Oscars incident,” the industry outlet wrote. “[N]now there will be a…pause…in the work as things unfold.
The third entry in the series, bad boys for lifelaunched the A-level directing careers of Adil El Arbi and Bilal Fallahcurrently working on bat girl for HBO Max. It grossed $426 million at the worldwide box office in 2020 and, due to the pandemic, was the number one release in Hollywood that year. (China the eight hundred and that of Japan Demon Slayer: Mugen Train were the gold and silver medalists worldwide during this very unusual year.) It is suspected that Martin Lawrence has very strong feelings about the potential change in the future of a fourth film.
The Hollywood Reporter also wrote that Netflix, which was developing a project called Fast and loose as a Smith vehicle, “quietly put the project on the back burner”. (Netflix “did not respond to requests for comment,” they report.)
There was already a wobbly momentum on this project before the world tour Smith heard on Oscar night. Director David Leitch (Director of Deadpool 2, Atomic Blondeand the co-creator of John Wick) left the project a week before the Academy Awards. Instead, he works with Ryan Gosling on a big screen adaptation of the 1980s action series The fell guy at Universal. (Premise: Hollywood stuntmen by day, bounty hunters by night!)
Fast and loosewritten by Red and The mega scribes Eric and Jon Hoeber, is about a man who wakes up in Tijuana with no memory after being left for dead. In time, he discovers that he is both a crime boss with a lavish lifestyle. and an undercover CIA agent living like a loser. One is obviously a secret trick: but which one?! Yeah, you can kinda see the trailer in your head, can’t you?
When Leitch walked away, the streamer “issued an urgent plea for another director,” according to THR. Under normal circumstances, a big project like this, especially with the latest Oscar-winning best actor, would quickly attract top action directors. But these are, it is fair to say, not normal circumstances for Smith.
On Friday night, the winner of this year’s Best Actor trophy for King Richard resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In a statement, Smith wrote that “[m]y actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable. The list of those I’ve hurt is long and includes Chris [Rock], his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, everyone in attendance and the global audience at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived the other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. My heart is broken.”
Smith’s decision to leave the Academy certainly takes advantage of the band’s next scheduled board meeting to discuss the slap case. This meeting takes place on April 18. Why does it take so long to get everyone together? I can not tell you. Maybe everyone is too busy reading articles about Will Smith.