Will Smith’s big move after the Oscars blow

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

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

Though he might be on the Oscars blacklist for ten years and have to wait for movie studios and the public to welcome him back on screen — behind closed doors, Smith is already working on a screen return with I Am Legend 2, The sun reported.

In the film, which is being produced by his company Westbrook Studios, Smith will reprise his role as scientist Robert Neville, fighting for 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, will include Smith’s character in the follow-up.

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

While a full script hasn’t been signed yet, the draft will feature Smith — as Warner Brother Studios hasn’t blocked the star’s return despite his infamous Chris Rock attack, the source said.

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

A source told The Sun: “The script is being written that will feature his character and so far Will remains attached to the project.

“The draft has yet to be signed by Warner Brothers, but there is no indication Will is off the project.

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

“The reality is Will will make a comeback at some point and it will simply depend on which studio is going to be the one to take a chance on him.

“The public’s negative sentiments about his career have certainly abated in recent weeks as the world has moved forward thanks to stories like the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial.

“And Will himself is undergoing therapy and taking time away from the spotlight.

“Of course Hollywood loves comeback stories where stars who seem to be done with the company bounce back with a big project like Robert Downey Junior, Mel Gibson, Drew Barrymore and Winona Ryder.

“In two years, things could look very different — and Will could return to the screen.”

Last month, Sony boss Tom Rothman revealed that Bad Boys 4 is still being watched, although reports have claimed it was on hold – and Smith was not ruled out.

Speaking at Cinemacon, he said, “That film has been in development and still is. There were no brakes to pump because the car didn’t move.

“That was very unfortunate that happened, and I don’t think it’s really my place to comment, other than to say I’ve known Will Smith for many years and I know him as a good person.

“That was an example of a very good person having a very bad moment, in front of the world.

“I believe his apology and regret are sincere, and I believe in forgiveness and redemption.”

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

Smith recalled a premonition of the kind he experienced while under the influence of ayahuasca — a psychoactive herbal drink that is said to have some hallucinogenic properties.

The Bad Boys’ star prediction of his fall from grace gave him one positive take on the certainty: “I can handle everything this life throws at me.”

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

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

Smith said he had a vision that his palatial home, wealth and unparalleled career would be taken from him over a two-year period during which he explained that he had taken the psychedelic drug nearly 15 times.

“I’m drinking, I’m sitting there, and then suddenly it’s like I see all my money flying away, and my house is flying away, and my career is gone,” Smith recalls.

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

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

The Sun contacted representatives from Will Smith and Westbrook Productions for comment.

This story was originally published by The sun and is reproduced here with permission.

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