Will Smith’s upcoming film Fast And Loose is put on hold by Netflix as fallout continues from Oscars slap… after he resigned from the Academy
Will Smith’s upcoming film Fast And Loose won’t be going into production anytime soon after Netflix put it on the back burner.
The streaming giant has moved the 53-year-old actor’s project to the back burner in the wake of the controversy from his shocking Oscars slap, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film had already lost its intended director prior to Smith slapping comedian and presenter Chris Rock at the ceremony, further complicating the film’s path to being shot.
Screeching halt: Preproduction on Will Smith’s upcoming film Fast And Loose has been put on hold by Netflix in the wake of his shocking slap of Chris Rock at the Oscars; seen March 27
Fast And Loose was originally to be helmed by Deadpool 2 director David Leitch, but he had withdrawn from the project just a week before the Oscars.
A source told THR that both Netflix and Universal had been competing for a new project from Leitch, but the traditional studio appealed to him more than the streamer.
Following the loss, Netflix started urgently searching for a new director to take over on Smith’s project.
After Will Smith shocked audiences at home and in Hollywood when he slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards, Netflix opted to put his film on hold.
Bad timing: A week before the Oscars, Smith’s film lost director David Leitch, and Netflix was frantically surging for a replacement before Smith’s slap seen round the world; pictured with Chris Rock on March 27
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