The week before the Academy Awards, director David Leitch unexpectedly stepped down as director of the planned Netflix film Fast and Loose, starring Will Smith. Rather than that, he shifted his focus to Universal’s Fall Guy, starring Ryan Gosling, which is scheduled to begin production in August.
According to a source, Netflix was in competition with Universal to be Leitch’s next project, but Universal prevailed. According to sources, Netflix issued an urgent call for another filmmaker to take over a venture starring the star, who was favored to win the Academy Award for best actor.
However, shortly after Smith’s Oscars stage incident against Chris Rock, Netflix quietly shelved the endeavor.
Fast and Loose was supposed to be about a crime boss who ends up losing his memory following an attack. As he pieces together evidence, he uncovers that he has been living a double life as a rich and powerful kingpin and a financially troubled CIA agent.
Netflix appeared to be hesitant to move forward, which is understandable. It is unknown whether the project will be remade with a different star and director.
Smith is currently in post-production on Apple+’s slave escape drama ‘Emancipation.’ The streaming site had planned to launch in 2022 but has not indicated a specific date. Apple declined to make a statement.
Alternatively, Bad Boys 4 at Sony was in active development — Smith obtained 40 pages of the script just before to the Academy Awards — but that too has been put on hold, a source said. Several other pre-production projects are likely to follow suit. Netflix declined to comment on the matter.