‘Bad Boys 4’ Release Postponed Due to Oscars Slap

Consequences continue to unfold for actor Will Smith  after his public attack on Chris Rock during the Oscars.

By Brooks Welch

Consequences continue to unfold for actor Will Smith  after his public attack on Chris Rock during the Oscars.

According to Vulture, Smith has made several apologies: one while onstage accepting his Oscar and one afterward to Chris Rock via Instagram. The most recent being his resignation from the Academy.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter on Friday, Smith said in a statement, “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable,” the actor said. “The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film.”

The Academy’s president David Rubin responded to Smith’s statement by saying, “We will continue to move forward with our disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, in advance of our next scheduled board meeting on April 18.”

According to THR, Smith has responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice and “will fully accept any and all consequences” for his conduct.

However, actions are still being taken from the production companies and distributors of his upcoming projects.

“Netflix has slowed development on its upcoming action-thriller “Fast and Loose,” which Will Smith has been attached to star in,” reports Variety.

‘Fast and Loose’ was to tell the story of a crime boss who loses his memory after an attack. Piecing together clues, he discovers that he has led a double identity as a wealthy kingpin and a broke CIA agent. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

‘Bad Boys 4’ had been in “active development,” The Hollywood Reporter also reported. Smith received 40 pages of the script before the Oscars, but the production will now pause.

Apple+ also had a project with Smith titled ‘Emancipation’ in post-production. The streaming service planned to have the movie released this year, but now the release date is unknown.