Disney reportedly delayed production of pole to pole, a nature documentary series with Will Smith for National Geographic. Quoting a source with knowledge of the company’s plans, Bloomberg reports that The Walt Disney Company has pushed production back until the fall. Documenting Smith’s visits to the North and South Poles, Pople to Pole was supposed to start filming in three weeks. Smith’s Westbrook Studios, which the actor co-founded with wife Jada Pinkett Smith, signed an initial five-year deal for unscripted content with Disney’s Nat Geo in 2021 and has so far produced the Smith hosted A strange rock and Disney+ Welcome to Earth.
pole to pole is the latest project featuring Smith put on the back burner in the wake of presenter Smith slamming Chris Rock live at the 94th Academy Awards. Minutes before winning his first Best Actor Oscar for King RichardSmith came on stage and slapped Rock on a “GI Jane 2″ joke the comedian made about Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
Just days after the Smith-Rock Oscars incident, the Netflix streamer backed down Fast and loose, a crime drama with Smith attached to star. This victim occurred after Sony Pictures allegedly pressed “pause” on a bad boys 4which was in active development with 40 pages of script handed to Smith before his Oscar controversy.
A planned biopic about the hit actor and rapper, best known for his roles in The prince of Bel-Air, independence dayand the men in black franchise. Earlier this month, The sun reported that Netflix and Apple TV+ “quietly withdrew their offers” to support the project, and rolling stone the reported move had already stalled at Warner Bros. on a potential suicide squad spin-off starring Deadshot, Smith’s DC Comics assassin.
According to Bloombergby Lucas Shaw, Netflix has abandoned plans to Bright 2, an action fantasy sequel from director David Ayer starring Smith and Joel Edgerton. The cancellation was reportedly “unrelated” to Smith’s outburst at the Oscars.
“He feels bad and is trying not to panic, but seeing his roles frozen has been an extremely bitter pill to swallow,” a source close to the Smiths said. We Weekly in the Oscars fallout. “His biggest fear is that he’s being completely undone, and there’s nothing he can do about it but sit back, absorb his punishment like a man, and try to atone as much as he can.”
Smith issued a public apology via Instagram as he faced disciplinary action for what the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences condemned as “a deeply shocking and traumatic event to witness in person and on television” . On April 8, the AMPAS Board of Governors decided to ban Smith from Oscars and Academy events for ten years.