A week ago, Will Smith surprised the whole world when he directly hit comedian Chris Rock on the Oscars 2022 stage to protect his wife. The actor’s impulsive act immediately sparked fierce controversy and became one of the most memorable moments in the nearly 100-year history of the Academy Awards.
It’s not clear how audiences feel about this incident, but it’s clear that some of the major studios have expressed their displeasure with Will Smith. Recently, Netflix and Sony have both simultaneously suspended projects with the 53-year-old actor’s participation, including Fast and Loose and Bad Boys 4.
A week before the 2022 Oscars, director David Leitch decided to turn away from Netflix and leave the Fast and Loose project to switch to helm Universal’s “ship” Fall Guy, with the lead role played by Ryan Gosling. More interestingly, before that Universal had already surpassed Netflix, MGM, Sony and Lionsgate to get the production rights to this movie.
Returning to Fast and Loose, this movie revolves around the story of a crime boss John Riley (played by Smith) who loses his memory during a surprise attack. As she slowly pieced together the pieces of her memories, Riley found herself in the awkward position of having to live a double life as a boss and a CIA agent.
Netflix was already having a bit of trouble finding a suitable replacement for director David Leitch. However, after the controversy of Will Smith during the last Oscars ceremony, this studio decided to indefinitely suspend the Fast and Loose project. Some sources said that it is possible that Netflix will replace both the director and the main actor for its film.
Sony also decided to punish Will Smith when he halted production of Bad Boys 4, the latest part of the Bad Boys franchise that Smith has been attached to since the first days.. It is known that the actor received a script up to 40 long. page for this film before the Oscars 2022 takes place.
According to HollywoodReporter