Will Smith prepares his return to the cinema.
The 53-year-old slammed comedian Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars after he cracked a joke about Will’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith – but he’s now planning his comeback and working on ‘I Am Legend 2’.
A source explained, “The script is being written with mention of his character and for now Will remains committed to the project.
“The concept has yet to be approved by Warner Brothers, but there is no indication that Will is out of the project.
“Obviously he is the producer of the film and his production company is in charge while development continues.
“The reality is that Will will be making a comeback at some point and it’s just going to be which studio is the one to take a chance on him.”
Will came under heavy criticism following his behavior at the Oscars. But it is still expected to make a return to cinema in the coming months.
The insider told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: “Negative public feelings about her career have certainly diminished in recent weeks as the world has moved on thanks to stories like the Johnny Depp trial and Amber Heard.
“And Will himself is going to therapy and stepping away from the spotlight.
“Hollywood definitely loves comeback stories where stars who seem to be done with the business bounce back with a big project like with Robert Downey Jr, Mel Gibson, Drew Barrymore and Winona Ryder.
“Two years from now, things could be very different – and Will could be back on screen.”
Will previously described his behavior at the Oscars as “shocking, painful and inexcusable”.
The actor – who starred in the original 2007 film ‘I Am Legend’ – said: “My actions during the presentation at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable.
“The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all who were in attendance and the global public at home. I have betrayed the trust of the Academy I have deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work.
“I am heartbroken. I want to put the spotlight back on those who deserve recognition for their accomplishments and allow the Academy to return to the incredible work it does to support creativity and the art of filmmaking. “