Netflix has reportedly backed away from a planned film starring Will Smith via The Hollywood Reporter.
The film, titled Fast and Loose, was set to be directed by David Leitch before he withdrew as director a week before the Oscars. According to sources, Netflix placed an “urgent call” for another director to take over a project featuring Smith, who was highly expected to win Best Actor at the Oscars. However, soon after Smith’s altercation with Chris Rock, Netflix moved the project to the back burner.
The synopsis of Fast and Loose was “to tell the story of a crime boss who loses his memory after an attack. Piecing together hints, he discovers that he has led a double identity as a wealthy kingpin and a broke CIA agent.” It’s unclear whether Netflix will try to carry on with another actor and director. Leitch has since advanced to Fall Guy, starring Ryan Gosling, for Universal, which will start production in August. Bad Boys 4 also had been in development but will now pause.
Smith stated after resigning from the Academy yesterday, “I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to focus on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film.”