Netflix Cancels Anticipated Will Smith Film After Oscars Slap

The effects of the Will Smith Oscars slap continue to be felt as Netflix cancels plans for the anticipated upcoming movie, Bright 2.

At the 2022 Oscars ceremony, Will Smith slapped Chris Rock for a joke the comedian made about Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith. I’m sure you don’t need me to actually tell you that at this point, as it’s been doing the rounds online for weeks now.

Now, Netflix has cancelled plans for Bright 2, a sequel to the 2017 film starring Will Smith. Bright shows an alternate present day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have existed alongside each other forever.

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A tweet from Lucas Shaw, a Bloomberg reporter, states that “NatGeo has delayed the start of production on its big Will Smith show following the Slap. But it’s still happening. Netflix has also abandoned plans to make a sequel to Bright, but that is unrelated to the incident.”

Last summer, it was expected that the film would go ahead with Will Smith returning. Director David Ayer was also attached, but he dropped out.

Bright will still be getting an animated spin-off movie, called Bright: Samurai Soul. It will apparently be set in the “early years of Japan’s Meiji Restoration, where a human ronin unites with an orc assassin to save an elf orphan.”

Oscars Board Launches Formal Review Of Will Smith/Chris Rock Incident
Credit: The Academy

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