Apple TV+ Movie Emancipation Would Move To 2023 Release After Will Smith Slap Incident
As 2022 approached, Apple TV+ was gearing up to fill out its original movie slate with a major blockbuster original film, “Emancipation,” directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Will Smith.
However, as part of the ongoing fallout of Smith deciding to assault Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars, it now appears the film’s release has been delayed to 2023 according to a report from Variety.
Although Apple has never officially given Emancipation a release schedule before, it was expected to be one of Apple’s favorites for the next circuit, with a fall release.
This follows Apple Original Film‘s success in earning Best Picture recognition in its first two years of eligibility, making Apple TV+ the first streaming service to win the Academy Awards’ top honor.
Emancipation had a good chance of continuing that streak, at least until Smith lost his temper at the Oscars and slapped presenter Chris Rock in the middle of the show, in front of millions of viewers, in such a left-wing move. which a lot of people originally thought was a bit. As soon as this happened, the prospects for emancipation rewards – especially as the incident lingers in recent memory – evaporated.
Smith himself is now banned from attending future Oscar events for the next decade, although he could theoretically still be nominated.
Variety says post-production on the film is still underway, which is another possible factor in the schedule being pushed back. However, most likely Apple wants to wait a year and hopes that Smith’s reputation will have recovered somewhat by fall 2023, to give Emancipation its best chance of being positively received by audiences and critics alike. He spent over $100 million to produce the film, after all.
What’s good news for Apple is that it has a lot more movies vying on its upcoming slate, including “Cha Cha Real Smooth”, “Raymond and Ray”, “The Greatest Beer Run Ever” and his first-ever animated feature ‘Luck’. The $200 million Martin Scorsese-directed film ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is also expected to make waves when it is released, although it It’s unclear if this film will complete post-production in time for its 2022 debut.
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