Will Smith’s Bad Boys 4 Is Still Moving Ahead at Sony

Many Will Smith initiatives fell on unsure floor following the Incident at this 12 months’s Oscars, however Bad Boys 4 is one that’s undoubtedly going forward.

The second Will Smith stepped on stage at the Oscars to ship “the slap heard world wide” to Chris Rock, it regarded like he had made a mistake that was going to price him dearly. Having been banned from attending Academy occasions for the subsequent decade and been humiliated on social media, it appears to be like like there might be excellent news for Smith in the truth that some studios might not have fully canceled his upcoming slate of roles. While it was reported that a lot of initiatives had been placed on the again burner till the entire incident handed, Sony Pictures have now confirmed that one such undertaking, Bad Boys 4, was by no means actually postponed and may be very a lot in improvement at the studio.


In a dialog with Deadline, Sony Pictures chairman Tony Rothman addressed hypothesis that Bad Boys 4 had “the brakes pumped” following the Oscars incident. As properly as confirming the undertaking remains to be going forward, Rothman additionally shared his stance on the entire incident and the way he believes that Will Smith’s apology and remorse ought to imply everybody can now transfer on. He stated:

“No. That was inaccurate. That film’s been in improvement and nonetheless is. There weren’t any brakes to pump as a result of the automobile wasn’t shifting. That was a really unlucky factor that occurred, and I do not assume it is actually my place to remark, besides to say that I’ve recognized Will Smith for a few years, and I do know him to be a superb particular person. That was an instance of an excellent particular person having a really unhealthy second, in entrance of the world. I imagine his apology and remorse is real, and I imagine in forgiveness and redemption.”

Related: Bad Boys 4 Script Draft Is Currently Being Worked On

Will Smith Appears on David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction

While there have been continued experiences that Will Smith has had a lot of initiatives quietly pushed again in scheduling or deserted fully, evidently this isn’t one thing everyone seems to be doing, and that can be excellent news for Bad Boys followers. The third film within the franchise pulled in good viewers numbers when it dropped in 2020 simply earlier than the Covid pandemic hit, grossing over $426 million and inadvertently changing into the highest-grossing film of the 12 months due to the cinematic panorama being worn out for many of the 12 months.

Will Smith’s subsequent look is on Netflix, as he’s a visitor on David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction present. However, the episode was filmed earlier than the now-infamous Oscars incident, so this can be extra about Smith previous to the slap and can due to this fact not contact on the topic at all. As a place to begin although, the present will present a stepping stone for Smith to choose up the items of the aftermath of this 12 months’s Oscars and get his profession shifting ahead once more. With Sony clearly having no points about persevering with to work with the star, it’s doubtless we are going to see extra Will Smith initiatives getting again on monitor within the close to future.

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