Monday, July 22, 2024

Will Smith as the Genie in “Aladdin 2”? I Wouldn’t Count On It, Even with Blue People ‘In’ Right Now


Because of Avatar 2: The Way of Water, blue people on screen are really in right now.

But one blue person who I don’t expect to be showing up anytime soon is the Genie from “Aladdin” in a sequel.

No, Will Smith is not likely to be reprising that role in the near future, even though someone planted a trial balloon item in the UK Sun today.;

Smith is not yet out of the dog house for his Oscar slap against Chris Rock almost a year ago. His career is basically on hold. Apple had so much trouble with “Emancipation,” I’m told other studios are taking a breather.

Plus, Disney is not going to bring Will Smith back, especially with his ten year (now I guess nine) suspension from the Academy. First, we’re going to have to get past the first anniversary of the slap on March 12th, and see what that brings. Then there’s going to have to be some kind of reckoning with Chris Rock — a real sense of contrition and apology — before everyone moves forward. That slap was heard and seen around the world, and it’s going to take time before it fades.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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