Apple and Netflix will no longer participate in the race to secure the rights to the Will Smith biopic.
Apple was one of several companies fighting for the rights to Smith’s film adaptation of the Hollywood actor’s best-selling book. Recently, however, The Sun reported that the Cupertino-based company has pulled out of the bidding war alongside Netflix.
The reason for this is probably Smith’s action against comedian and actor Chris Rock, who made a joke against Jada Pinkett Smith. Will was seen taking the stage and Rock slapped in a rebuttal.
At the same event, Will Smith was awarded the Best Actor Award for his role in ‘King Richard’, surpassing Denzel Washington in the Apple TV+ movie ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’. He later apologized for what he had done and promptly resigned from his position at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Smith is scheduled to appear on another Apple TV+ show, “Emancipation,” but production was halted due to the pandemic.