The 53-year-old Academy Award winner was reportedly in talks with major streaming services over a film following his life which was halted in the wake of the Oscar issue.
“Will was left out in the cold by Netflix and Apple+ in the wake of the slap. He has since apologized and stepped out of the spotlight for a lengthy period,” a source told The Sun.
“It has been made clear discussions can be started again about a biopic which Netflix were interested in,” the source further stated,
An insider also added, “Arguably, the slap, and the fallout, are pivotal moments in Will’s life and will become part of the storyline of his life. Netflix wants to be part of those conversations and Will’s team have no doubt Apple will follow suit.”
Will Smith — just minutes before winning the Best Actor Oscar for his role in “King Richard” at the 94th Academy Awards — confronted presenter Chris Rock on stage, slapping him after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Pinkett Smith has spoken publicly about her hair loss due to the autoimmune disease alopecia.
Will later apologized directly to the presenter the following day in a lengthy statement and issued an apology via video online last month.