Netflix, the streaming giant, which interrupted production of the film about the life of Will Smith for hitting Chris Rock during the last delivery of the Oscars, resumed talks to start the project.
A source close to the platform assured The Sun newspaper that although the production of the Will Smith biopic had been abandoned due to the actor’s slap in the face of the comedian during the awards ceremony, it was said that:
“Enough time has passed to let things settle down. Now talks can resume about a biopic that Netflix was interested in“.
Will Smith’s Netflix biopic given green signal after Oscar slapgate. “He was left out in the cold by Netflix and Apple+ in the wake of the slap. He has since apologised and stepped out of the spotlight for a lengthy period.#WillSmith #chrisrock #Netflix pic.twitter.com/MCpWVs8SGB
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The insider added that even the moment when the “I Am Legend” star punched Chris Rock after the comedian compared Jada Pinkett Smith‘s shaved head to Demi Moore‘s haircut in the movie “GI Jane” will be part of of the production argument.
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“Netflix wants to do a Will Smith biopic and the actor’s team has no doubt that Apple wants to do the same“.
Since then, Will had kept a low profile until just a few days ago when he was seen in public with his wife. It is said that he traveled to India for a spiritual retreat. Last month he apologized in an online video, in which he said he was “deeply sorry“.
“I have contacted Chris and the message that has come to me is that he is not ready to speak and when he is, he will. So I will tell you, Chris, ‘I apologize. My behavior was unacceptable and I am here. when you’re ready to talk“.
Will Smith says sorry to Chris Rock for #Oscars slap.
He does not look OK though. pic.twitter.com/uMV7IjnUdq
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