Will Smith’s upcoming movie Emancipation will most likely delay its premiere until 2023, Variety reported Friday, after the actor was had several other projects pushed back amid the fallout from slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars in March.
A release date for Apple’s Emancipation hadn’t yet been announced—though it was expected to be released in 2022—and a source told Variety “it’s the unspoken truth” the movie will be pushed to 2023, despite internal conversations about how it could be released later this year.
Smith will still serve as executive producer for the second season of Bel-Air, a dramatic retelling of his breakout sit-com The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, which will air in 2023, according to Deadline.
Production on Smith’s National Geographic nature series Pole to Pole was supposed to start soon but was delayed until the fall, a source familiar with the situation told Bloomberg last month.
Shortly after the incident, Netflix delayed development on the Smith-led film Fast and Loose, according to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, and a source told the Reporter production of Bad Boys 4 would pause.
In the wake of the incident, Smith resigned from the Academy, giving up his ability to vote for Oscar nominees, shortly after the group launched an investigation into his actions.
The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced last month that Smith cannot attend events put on by the group, including the Academy Awards, until 2032, though he can still be nominated.
After Rock joked about Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia, Smith charged the stage, slapped the comedian and yelled at him to “keep my wife’s name out your f**king mouth.” Rock declined to press charges, though he has six months from after the incident to change his mind. The comedian has not spoken publicly about the incident, except for a few quick remarks while on tour. Smith issued an apology to Rock and the Academy. After the group announced his punishment last month, Smith said that he “accepts and respects the Academy’s decision.” His Best Actor Oscar for King Richard was not revoked. Pinkett Smith has also not publicly commented about the altercation. Red Table Talk, the show Pinkett Smith hosts with her mother and her and Smith’s daughter Willow Smith, posted on Twitter last month that “when the time calls” some “discoveries” from the Smith’s family’s healing will be shared on the series.
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