Netflix has slowed the development of the upcoming action thriller “Fast and Loose,” in which Will Smith was added to star. The project moved into the background of the broadcaster in the days following the 2022 Oscars ceremony, when Smith took the stage.
Smith slapped Chris Rock after he made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith’s appearance, during the Academy Awards. A week before the Oscar ceremony, it was announced that director David Leitch had chosen to withdraw from the project and switch to the Ryan Gosling film “Fall Guy” for Universal.
After looking for a new director, Netflix has now stopped “Fast and Loose” in the days following the Oscars. It remains unclear whether Netflix will return to develop the film, and if so, whether the publisher will seek out a new start for the project. If the movie is made, its story will follow a criminal who loses his memory after an attack. After mysteriously awakening in Tijuana, the character is forced to discover clues to his past, which leads him to learn that he has two identities, one as a wealthy crime lord and the other as an undercover CIA agent.
With “Fast and Loose”, it looks like we may see projects like dominoes get canceled after Smith’s explosion at the Oscars. Smith’s Apple TV Plus drama “Emancipation” is currently in post-production and was seen by some as a potential award nominee for next year. In the thriller, Smith stars as a runaway slave who joins the Union Army in Louisiana. The movie is scheduled to be released in 2022, but Apple has yet to announce an official date. The news of “Fast and Loose” came just after Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday.