WILL Smith is planning his comeback as he moves forward with plans for a big new movie, a source has revealed.
Though he may be blacklisted from the Academy Awards for ten years and must wait for movie studios and the public to welcome him back on screen — behind closed doors, Will Smith is already working on a screen return with I Am Legend 2.
In the film, produced by his company Westbrook Studios, Smith will reprise his role as scientist Robert Neville, fighting for survival and a cure for zombies in post-apocalyptic New York City.
Insiders say Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman, who adapted Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel for the original 2007 film, will include Smith’s character in the follow-up.
Smith was acclaimed for the first film, along with Michael B Jordan, earning approximately $585,410,052 at the box office.
While a full script has not yet been signed, the concept will feature Smith as Warner Brother Studios has not blocked the star’s return despite his infamous Chris Rock attack, the source said.
Smith faced a backlash after storming onto the stage at the 2022 Oscars and punching host Rock in the face over a joke he made about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
A source told The Sun: “The script is being written with reference to his character and so far Will remains attached to the project.
“The draft has yet to be signed by Warner Brothers, but there is no indication Will is off the project.
“Obviously he is the producer of the film and his production company is in charge as development continues.
“The reality is Will will make a comeback at some point and it will just depend on which studio is going to be the one to take a chance on him.
“The public’s negative sentiments about his career have certainly abated in recent weeks as the world has moved forward thanks to stories like the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial.
And Will himself is undergoing therapy and taking time away from the spotlight.
“Of course Hollywood loves comeback stories where stars who are seemingly done with the company bounce back with a big project like Robert Downey Jr, Mel Gibson, Drew Barrymore and Winona Ryder.
“In two years, things could look very different — and Will could return to the screen.”
BAD BOYS RETURN
Last month, Sony boss Tom Rothman revealed that Bad Boys 4 is still being watched, although reports have claimed it was on hold – and Smith was not ruled out.
At Cinemacon, he said: “That film has been in development and still is. There were no brakes to pump because the car didn’t move.
“That was very unfortunate what happened, and I don’t think it’s really my place to comment other than to say I’ve known Will Smith for many years and I know him as a good person.
“That was an example of a very good person having a very bad moment for the world.
“I believe his apology and regret are sincere, and I believe in forgiveness and redemption.”
Last month, in an interview with David Letterman, Smith revealed that he had a psychedelic drug-fueled vision that his career would be “destroyed” before attacking host Rock at the Oscars.
Smith recalled a premonition he experienced while under the influence of ayahuasca – a psychoactive herbal drink that is said to have some hallucinogenic properties.
The Bad Boys’ star prediction that he would fall from grace gave him one positive take on the assurance that he can “take on anything this life has to offer.”
Smith told host David Letterman, “Once you drink it, you’re going to see yourself in a way you’ve never seen yourself before.
“One of the experiences was the individual, most hellish psychological experience of my life.”
Smith said he had the vision that his palatial home, wealth and unparalleled career would be taken from him for two years, explaining that he had taken the psychedelic drug nearly 15 times.
“I’m drinking, I’m sitting there, and then all of a sudden it’s like I see all my money flying away, and my house is flying away, and my career is gone,” Smith recalled. †
Smith said he came to when he heard his daughter, Willow Smith, cry for his help.
His comments made it into My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, recorded months before the viral hit.
The Sun contacted representatives from Will Smith and Westbrook Productions for comment.