Netflix has canceled the sequel to Will Smith’s action movie ‘Bright’ after the actor slapped comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars, a Bloomberg source said.
The 2017 film ‘Bright’ is a fantasy action movie directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis.
Set in a modern-day Los Angeles in which elves and orcs live side by side with humans, Bright follows the story of a detective who must find a powerful wand before bad creatures do.
Smith’s National Geographic nature series, Pole to Pole, was set to start filming in three weeks. But after the 53-year-old actor slapped Rock at the Oscars, it has been paused until fall next year.
According to Bloomberg, the cancellation of Bright is not related to the controversy surrounding the actor, who made headlines after he hit Rock during the awards ceremony.
The Sony movie ‘Bad Boys 4’ was also put on hold even though it already had started pre-production before the Academy Awards.
The actor had resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after the incident in March.
The Academy released a statement banning Smith from being part of any Academy programs or event: “he Board of Governors has decided, for a period of 10 years, from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs in person or virtually.
“We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances,” the organization continued.
“We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast.”
Speaking to Page Six, the actor said: “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”
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