Netflix and Apple TV+ have gone ahead and pulled out of bids on the biopic of Will Smith after the debacle at the Oscars. Apple was one of the few companies fighting to secure the rights to a film that would be made on the life of Smith- with parts added from his best-selling autobiography published in 2021. However, it was later reported by The Sun that Apple had removed its bid for the film. A source close to the bidding war stated that Apple+ and Netflix had quietly removed their bids for a biopic on Smith and will now be relocating the funds to develop original ideas from other black actors.
Working With Will Smith Has Become Quite Risky
Naturally, working with Will Smith now has been quite a risky venture for most OTTs and Production companies. The controversy began when the actor of Fresh Prince went up the stage at the Oscars and slapped Chris Rock for his joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, Will’s wife. After that, Smith also won his only Oscar for Best Actor for his role in “King Richard” where he beat out Denzel Washington for his role as the titular character in the Apple TV+ film- The Tragedy Of Macbeth. While he went on to defend his actions while giving his Oscar acceptance speech, he did apologize for his actions later and also resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Will Smith is supposed to star in a new original film for Apple TV+ called Emancipation. However, the production of the movie was halted for a while due to the pandemic. Also, Apple was one of the companies that were later sued for sexual harassment that incidentally took place during the production of the movie.