The big blow of Will Smith after the slap of the Oscars

Will Smith is plotting his comeback as he moves forward with plans for a major new movie, a source has revealed.

Will Smith is plotting his comeback as he moves forward with plans for a major new movie, a source has revealed.

Though he may be blacklisted from the Oscars for a decade and will have to wait for movie studios and audiences to welcome him back to the screen – behind closed doors, Smith is already working on a back to the screen with I Am Legend 2, The sun reported.

The film, which is produced by his company Westbrook Studios, will see Smith reprise his role as scientist Robert Neville fighting for his survival and a cure for zombies in post-apocalyptic NYC.

Insiders say Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman, who adapted Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel for the original 2007 film, is including Smith’s character in the follow-up.

Smith won acclaim for the first film, starring Michael B Jordan, which grossed $585,410,052

Although no script has yet been fully approved, the concept will feature Smith – as Warner Brother Studios did not block the star’s return despite his infamous Chris Rock attack, the source said.

Smith faced backlash after storming the stage at this year’s Oscars and punching host Rock in the face because of a joke he made about his wife Jada.

A source told The Sun: “The script is being written with mention of his character and Will is still committed to the project.

“The concept has yet to be approved by Warner Brothers, but there is no indication that Will is out of the project.

“Obviously he is the producer of the film and his production company is in charge while development continues.

“The reality is that Will will be making a comeback at some point and it’s just going to be which studio is the one to take a chance on him.

“The public’s negative feelings about her career have certainly diminished in recent weeks as the world has moved on thanks to stories like the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial.

“And Will himself is in therapy and stepping away from the spotlight.

“Granted, Hollywood loves comeback stories where stars seemingly done with the company bounce back with a big project like with Robert Downey Jr., Mel Gibson, Drew Barrymore and Winona Ryder.

“Two years from now, things could be very different – and Will could be back on screen.”

Last month, Sony boss Tom Rothman revealed that Bad Boys 4 was still in the works despite reports claiming it was on hold – and Smith hadn’t been ruled out.

Speaking at Cinemacon, he said: “This movie has been in development and still is. There were no brakes to pump because the car was not moving.

“It’s a very unfortunate thing that happened, and I don’t think it’s really for me to comment, other than to say that I’ve known Will Smith for many years and know he’s a good nobody.

“He was an example of a really good person having a really bad time, in front of the world.

“I believe his apologies and regrets are sincere, and I believe in forgiveness and redemption.”

Last month, Smith revealed in an interview with David Letterman that he had a psychedelic drug-fueled view that his career would be “destroyed”, before attacking host Rock at the Oscars.

Smith recalled a premonition like the one he felt while under the effects of ayahuasca – a psychoactive herbal drink said to have hallucinogenic properties.

The Bad Boys star’s prediction of his fall from grace left him with a positive outlook of being certain that: “I can handle whatever this life has to offer.”

Smith, speaking to US host David Letterman, said: “Once you drink it, you’re going to see yourself in a way you’ve never seen yourself before.

“One of the experiences was the most hellish individual psychological experience of my life.”

Smith said he had a vision that his lavish mansion, wealth and unprecedented career would be snatched from him during a two-year period in which he said he ingested the psychedelic drug almost 15 times.

“I’m drinking, I’m sitting there, and then all of a sudden it’s like I start to see all my money go away, and my house go away, and my career is gone,” recalls Smith. .

Smith said he came to when he heard his daughter, Willow Smith, cry out for help.

His comments came in My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, which was recorded months before the viral slap.

The Sun has reached out to representatives for Will Smith and Westbrook Productions for comment.

This story was originally posted by The sun and has been reproduced here with permission.

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