Originally expected to premiere on the fall festival circuit this year, the release of Will Smith’s ‘Emancipation’ will be delayed to 2023 due to Smith’s assault on Chris Rock during the 94th Academy Awards ceremony held on March 27, 2022.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”), the movie would have been the first release for Smith following his assault on comedian Chris Rock during the 94th Oscars. As a result, he was banned from attending the Oscars and other Academy-related events for 10 years.
Though the studio did not officially date “Emancipation,” it was expected to be the streamer’s next potential awards project this year after winning best picture for “CODA.” While Apple has not shared an official date, one source familiar with the situation said “it’s the unspoken truth” that the action-drama will not hit the platform in 2022…
In the weeks leading up to this year’s Oscars, the buzz was already growing regarding “Emancipation.” One filmmaker, who asked to remain anonymous, told Variety before the Academy Awards that they saw early footage from the film: “Will’s going to win back-to-back.” At the time, the quote was referencing his upcoming best actor win for “King Richard.”
MacDailyNews Note: Early last month, Apple and Netflix reportedly pulled out of bidding on a Will Smith biopic based on his best-selling autobiography Will.
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