Apple TV+ to Reportedly Release Will Smith’s First Post-Slap Movie in December

 Apple TV+ to Reportedly Release Will Smith’s First Post-Slap Movie in December

Apple TV+ to Reportedly Release Will Smith's First Post-Slap Movie in December
Emancipation, Will Smith’s first movie following his controversial altercation with Chris Rock at the Oscars, officially has a release window. On Tuesday, a tweet from The Ankler’s Jeff Sneider indicated that Apple is set to release the upcoming show in December of this year. According to The New York Times, Apple executives had already considered delaying the film until 2023, however could release it in December so it very well may be qualified for awards consideration. Of course, a decision has not officially been reported by Apple, so there is an opportunity that this could at last change.

BREAKING: Apple expected to release the Will Smith movie EMANCIPATION in early December.

— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) September 20, 2022

Emancipation, which is coordinated by Antoine Fuqua, follows Peter (played by Smith), a slave who escapes from a Louisiana after being whipped nearly to death. Peter outwits inhumane hunters drove by Fassel, as he makes his direction North, where he joins the Union Armed force. The film is based on the genuine story of an escaped slave named Gordon. Photographs of his without any protection, heavily scourged from an overseer’s whippings, were published overall in 1863, giving the abolitionist development proof of the mercilessness of American slavery.

The film was poised to be the first theatrical release for Smith following the controversy, with some sources believing that it might have possibly prompted the actor winning consecutive Oscars, following his Best Actor win this year for King Richard. The report cites both the controversy surrounding the slap, as well as previous production delays and an already-full fall slate of films for Apple, as expected reasons behind the move.

One of the production delays happened when the film moved its production to Louisiana, in protest of Georgia’s voting restriction laws.

“Right now, the nation is coming to terms with its history and is attempting to eliminate vestiges of institutional racism to accomplish genuine racial justice,” the filmmakers said in a joint statement at that point. “We cannot with a clear mind offer economic help to an administration that enacts regressive voting laws that are designed to restrict citizen access. The new Georgia voting laws are reminiscent of voting impediments that were passed toward the finish of Reconstruction to keep numerous Americans from voting. Deplorably, we feel a sense of urgency to move our film production work from Georgia to another state.”