WILL Smith is plotting his comeback as he moves ahead with plans for a big new movie, a source revealed.
While he may be on the Oscar blacklist for a decade, waiting for film studios and the public to welcome him back on screen, Smith is already working behind closed doors on a return to the big screen with I Am Legend 2.
The film, which is being produced by his company Westbrook Studios, will reprise Smith’s role as scientist Robert Neville, struggling to survive and find a cure for zombies in post-apocalyptic NYC.
Insiders say Academy Award-winner Akiva Goldsman, who adapted Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel for the original 2007 film, is incorporating Smith’s character into the sequel.
Smith won credit for the first film starring Michael B. Jordan, which grossed $585,410,052
Though no script has been fully signed off, the concept will feature Smith – as Warner Brother Studios have not blocked the star’s return despite his infamous attack on Chris Rock, the source said.
Smith faced backlash after he stormed onto the stage at this year’s Oscars and slapped presenter Rock in the face over a joke he made about his wife Jada.
A source told The Sun: “The script is being written which will mention his character and Will remains committed to the project.
“The concept has yet to be approved by Warner Brothers, but there’s no indication that Will is leaving the project.
“Obviously he’s the producer of the film and his production company is in charge as development continues.
“The reality is that Will will eventually make a comeback and it will just depend on which studio will give him a chance.
“The public’s negative feelings about his career have certainly diminished in recent weeks as the world has moved on thanks to stories like the trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
“And Will himself is undergoing therapy and taking his time away from the spotlight.
“Surely Hollywood loves comeback stories where stars who seem to be out of business come back with a big project like Robert Downey Jr., Mel Gibson, Drew Barrymore and Winona Ryder.
“Things could be very different in two years – and Will could return to the big screen.”
BAD BOYS RETURN
Last month, Sony boss Tom Rothman announced that Bad Boys 4 is still under investigation, despite reports claiming it’s been put on hold – and Smith hadn’t been ruled out.
Speaking at Cinemacon, he said: “This film was and is still in development. There were no brakes to pump because the car wasn’t moving.
“That was a very unfortunate thing that happened and I don’t think it’s really up to me to comment, other than to say I’ve known Will Smith for many years and I know he’s a good person .
“It was an example of a very good person having a very bad moment in front of the whole world.
“I believe his apologies and regrets are genuine, and I believe in forgiveness and redemption.”
DRUG OBJECTIVE HUNT
Last month, in an interview with David Letterman, Smith revealed he had a psychedelic drug-fuelled vision that his career would be “ruined” before he attacked host Rock at the Oscars.
Smith recalled a similar apprehension he had while under the effects of ayahuasca – a psychoactive herbal drink reportedly possessing some hallucinogenic properties.
The Bad Boys’ star prediction of his fall from grace left him with a positive outlook on knowing, “I can handle whatever this life has to throw at me.”
Speaking to US presenter David Letterman, Smith said: “Once you drink it, you will see yourself in a way you’ve never seen yourself.
“One of the experiences was the most personal, psychologically hellish experience of my life.”
Smith said he had a vision of having his palatial home, wealth and unprecedented career snatched from him over a two-year period, during which he explained 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 fly away, and my house flies away, and my career is gone,'” Smith recalled.
Smith said he came to when he heard his daughter, Willow Smith, calling for help.
His comments came in My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, which was taped months before the viral slap.
The Sun reached out to representatives from Will Smith and Westbrook Productions for comment.
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