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HIT? WHICH BEAT? Will Smith Makes Comeback With ‘I Am Legend 2’ After Oscar Backlash

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“Things could be very different in two years – and Will could return to the big screen,” says a source of Will Smith’s return to film

Although the Academy Awards blacklisted Will Smith for the unforgettable on-stage slapgate incident, film studios and the public are poised to welcome the ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ actor back to the big screen. An unnamed source said Smith has already started working on I Am Legend 2 behind closed doors. This comes just a month after Sony boss Tom Rothman announced the studio is still considering Bad Boys 4 and hasn’t ruled out Smith playing the lead.

“Pursuit of Happyness” is produced by Westbrook Studios, Smith’s production company. This film takes place in a post-apocalyptic New York City, where Smith plays the role of scientist Robert Neville, who struggles to survive and finds a cure for zombies.

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Smith provided a sneak peek when he revealed production news for the I Am Legend sequel on March 4, 2022. He shared pictures on his Instagram feed of a deserted street in the city. Since another iconic celebrity shared the exact same picture on his social media, netizens caught on. It was captioned: “We need it 🔥 make it legendary”

Set in 2012, I Am Legend is based on the 1954 novel of the same name by Richard Matheson. Michael B. Jordan is expected to be part of the cast of this production. Although no script has been fully signed off, the concept sees Smith returning to cinema following his slap gate incident with Chris Rock. Smith slapped Rock in the face when he made a joke about the condition of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

A source reportedly told The Sun: “The script is being written which will mention his character and so far Will will remain involved with the project. The concept has yet to be approved by Warner Brothers, but there’s no indication that Will has shut down the project. Apparently he is the producer of the film and his production company is in charge while development goes on. The reality is that Will will eventually make a comeback, and it will simply depend on which studio will be the one to give him a chance. Negative public sentiment about his career has certainly diminished in recent weeks as the world has moved on thanks to stories like the trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. And Will himself is undergoing therapy and taking a break from the limelight. Certainly Hollywood loves comeback stories where stars who seem to be done with the business come back with a big project like Robert Downey Jr., Mel Gibson, Drew Barrymore and Winona Ryder.”

They closed by saying, “Things could be very different in two years’ time — and Will could return to the big screen.”

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