It seems as though we haven’t seen the last of Will Smith just yet. Having been slapped (excuse the pun) with a ban on attending The Academy Awards for ten years, the actor is reportedly taking matters into his own hands with a self-produced sequel to his 2007 film, I Am Legend, via his company Westbrook Media.
This news comes after the infamous incident at the Oscars after Smith made his way onto stage and slapped comedian Chris Rock. This was in retaliation to a controversial joke made by Rock who referred to Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, as G.I. Jane.
An insider told The Sun: “The script is being written mentioning his character and as yet Will remains attached to the project. The concept is still to be signed off by Warner Brothers, but there has been no indication that Will is off the project.”
“Obviously he is the producer of the film and his production company is in charge while the development continues. And Will himself is undergoing therapy and taking time away from the limelight.” The source added.
The source also discussed Smith’s personal life since the notorious incident: “The negative sentiments from the public about his career have certainly reduced in recent weeks as the world has moved on thanks to stories like the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial,and Will himself is undergoing therapy and taking time away from the limelight.”
“Certainly Hollywood loves comeback stories where stars seemingly done with the business bounce back with a big project such as with Robert Downey Junior, Mel Gibson, Drew Barrymore and Winona Ryder,” the outlet quoted its source
The follow-up to the iconic post apocalyptic flick would see The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air star return to his role as Robert Neville, working to cure a zombie apocalypse in New York. The movie, directed by Francis Lawrence, centred on the story of the scientist and last human survivor of a plague.
Smith also has an acting role in Emancipation, although this is already in post-production. That movie is set to be released in 2023.