Sony Chief Responds To Rumors Of Will Smith’s Unhealthy Boys 4 Being Paused After Oscars Slap

It’s been virtually two full months since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage on the 94th Academy Awards, and the incident continues to be being periodically introduced up in public dialog. Earlier this week, Seth Meyers talked about the slap whereas talking at NBCUniversal’s Upfront presentation, and now Tom Rothman, the chairman of Sony’s Movement Image Group, has responded to rumors that Unhealthy Boys 4, certainly one of Smith’s upcoming motion pictures, has been paused in response to what occurred on the Oscars.

Again in April, after Will Smith resigned from the Academy of Movement Image Arts (and previous to the actor being banned from all Academy-related occasions for the subsequent 10 years), it was reported that improvement on Unhealthy Boys 4 was being paused, whereas Quick & Free, a Smith-led thriller that was arrange at Netflix, has been placed on the “again burner.” So far as Unhealthy Boys 4 is anxious, right here’s what Tom Rothman advised Deadline about if the subsequent entry on this motion movie collection co-starring Martin Lawrence “had the brakes pumped” as a result of Oscars slap:

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 automotive wasn’t transferring. That was a really unlucky factor that occurred, and I don’t assume it’s 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 individual. That was an instance of an excellent individual 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.

Tom Rothman’s response on this matter comes a little bit over per week after CinemaBlend’s personal Sean O’Connell inquired with Jerry Bruckheimer about what’s occurring with Unhealthy Boys 4, to which the producer mentioned that “people who find themselves greater up need to make that call.” As Rothman laid out, Unhealthy Boys 4’s improvement hasn’t been paused as a result of, as this stage of the artistic course of, there was nothing to pause. It sounds just like the sequel to 2020’s Unhealthy Boys for Life continues to be on the best way, and whereas Rothman acknowledged that it’s unlucky about what occurred between Will Smith and Chris Rock, he’s not going to let that incident have an effect on the subsequent chapter of the Unhealthy Boys saga.

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That’s to not say that we are able to anticipate to see Unhealthy Boys 4 quickly, or that one thing received’t occur sooner or later that might result in it being sidelined. For now although, don’t rely it in the identical class as one thing like Brilliant 2, which has reportedly been canceled (although not in response to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock). So far as Smith himself goes, he reportedly went on a “non secular journey” to India in late April, and whereas he did apologize to Rock on social media for what he did, he apparently nonetheless hasn’t personally reached out to the SNL alum.

As quickly as there’s a big replace on Unhealthy Boys 4’s progress, CinemaBlend will share it. Will Smith’s subsequent film is Apple TV+’s Emancipation, which is now anticipated to come back out someday in 2023.