Netflix cancels Will Smith’s action film sequel ‘Bright’ and National Geographic ‘Pole to Pole’

Netflix cancels Will Smith’s action film sequel ‘Bright’ and National Geographic ‘Pole to Pole’

Netflix has canned the sequel to Will Smith’s 2017 action film ‘Bright’ after he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.

The actor’s 2017 sci-fi action thriller ‘Bright’ directed by David Ayer, has been cancelled by the streaming giant, according to a Bloomberg source.

His National Geographic nature series, ‘Pole to Pole’ which follows the 53-year-old star to the North and South Poles, and was set to begin filming in three weeks, has been paused until fall 2022, the news outlet reported.

The sudden cancellation of ‘Bright’ is apparently unrelated to the recent controversy surrounding Smith, who made global headlines after he slugged Chris Rock during last month’s Academy Awards show,  Bloomberg reported.

Additional projects Smith had lined up that have been getting smacked down, include a movie for Sony that has been delayed and another Netflix project for the ‘Fast and Loose’.

Netflix was in the midst of finding a new director for the film after David Leitch left the film ahead of the Academy Awards.

The Sony film, ‘Bad Boys 4,’ which had started pre-production before the awards ceremony, was also put on hold.

Since the March incident, Smith had resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Academy issued a statement banning  Smith from attending and being part of any Academy event or programs: ‘The Board of Governors has decided, for a period of 10 years, from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs in person or virtually,’ the statement read, in part.

‘We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances,’ the organization continued. ‘We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast.’

Smith told Page Six after the Academy’s April 8 board ruling : ‘I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,’ he said.


Chris Rock broke his silence on being slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars last week as he spoke at his sold-out comedy show in Boston on Wednesday night.

The comedian, 57, admitted that he was ‘still processing what happened on the night, before promising that at ‘some point I’ll talk about that s***’.

Chris was hit by King Richard actor Will, 53, on stage after he joked that Will’s wife Jada, who has openly shared her alopecia struggles, was set to star in GI Jane 2 due to her shaved head.

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