Will Smith’s status in several upcoming Hollywood projects is up in the air following his Oscars incident with comedian Chris Rock. This includes a potential deadshot independent film that had already been put on hiatus.
According to a recent Rolling Stone report, it was noted that DC had been developing a standalone movie for Deadshot starring Smith. However, he noted that the film had been “put on the backburner” long before the now-infamous fight between Will Smith and Chris Rock.
The report mentions that the reason for the pause in the film’s development was due to the price Smith was asking for the film. According to Rolling Stone, Smith simply set his sights on the price of the film, though it’s unclear exactly how much Smith was asking to be in the film. Rolling Stone mentioned that Smith received $20 million for his work on king richardrole that earned him the Oscar for Best Actor.
Smith acted alongside Margot Robbie in the 2016 film suicide squad, which debuted to mixed reviews. While a second entry in the franchise was made, Smith ultimately decided to walk away from the role and the studio replaced him with Bloodsport (played by sonic 2 star Idris Elba) for the project directed by James Gunn.