Apple withdraws Will Smith biopic offer after Oscars slap

Apple TV+ and Netflix have both withdrawn their offers to acquire the rights to Will Smith’s biopic, after the actor slapped comedian Chris Rock live on Oscar night.

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Apple was among the companies vying for the rights to a film dedicated to the life of Will Smith, based on his 2021 autobiography which was one of the best-selling books of the year in the United States. Like Netflix, the Cupertino company also decided to withdraw its offer after what happened during the night of the Oscars.

Netflix and Apple TV+ have therefore turned away from the film race, deciding to transfer these sums to new original content produced by black actors. Both companies believe working with Will Smith would have been a “risky business” following Chris Rock’s live slap in the face over an unfortunate joke about his wife.

The actor apologized to the Academy and to Rock himself, but the consequences could still last for months or even years. Will Smith has already resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and his victory may be taken away from him.

There will be no blockages for the film Emancipation which will be available in the future on Apple TV+ and which will see Will Smith among the protagonists.

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