From the outside looking in, a return to the blockbuster action genre that made him a megastar might be Will Smith’s safest way to begin rebuilding his reputation, but it appears to be considerably more difficult.
Shortly after it was claimed Bad Boys 4 had been temporarily put on ice, The Hollywood Reporter reports that Netflix has halted work on Fast and Loose, which would have seen Smith team up with Hobbs & Shaw and Bullet Train director David Leitch, according to production sources.
The film began production in July of 2017 with Will Smith as a man who wakes up in Tijuana with no memory of his past, before finding out that he had led a double life as a criminal kingpin and a CIA operative, but is still unsure which one is his real identity.
Leitch actually dropped out before the Oscars, forcing Netflix to make an “urgent appeal” for a new director. However, after the slapping incident became notorious, Netflix has chosen to shelve Fast and Loose.
With rumors swirling about how Apple deals with historical thriller Emancipation, and the additional setbacks for Bad Boys 4 and Fast and Loose, Smith’s return to the top may be a lengthy one if he can even get there.
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