Previously shelved Will Smith movie has been revived – HotNewHipHop


Will Smith was public enemy #1 for a second there. After the actor slapped Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars, many in the industry turned on Smith. But in Hollywood, memories have a pretty short half-life. Recently, more and more celebrities have said that Smith deserves another chance.

That second chance seems to be coming sooner rather than later. Smith’s major project, the movie Emancipationwas screened in DC this weekend.

Emancipation was shelved by Apple, its distributor, after the Will slap incident, but is now seeing the light of day, albeit in a limited capacity. The film was screened at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 51st Annual Legislative Conference to a warm reception. The event was hosted by the NAACP, and Smith and director Antoine Fuqua presented the film to the public.

Smith discussed his motivation for making the film. In the past, he avoided making films about slavery, but for him, Emancipation is more a question of determination and perseverance.

People in the audience seemed to enjoy the photo. “I had the pleasure of watching the movie #Emancipation and I can’t begin to say how powerful it is for OUR community and OUR history,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson wrote. “It’s a story of adversity, resilience, love and triumph. Thank you Antoine Fuqua and Will Smith for sharing your gifts!”

The screening of the film may indicate that Apple is back on the film and planning to release it in the not so distant future. Will Smith is still banned from attending the Oscars for the next decade, so if the movie gets any Oscar nominations, someone else will have to accept them.



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