Is it Over for Will Smith?
Once again it's on, Will Smith is back at it again with another movie that was released last week titled Collateral Beauty. December is the month to try to get the Oscar movies/performances ready for the awards in February but in this case, it won't happen again. This is a statement from a huge Will Smith fan, I'm not about to just turn on him and shit on his career like these other fake ass fans do, the man is a 2 time nominated Academy award actor, he has it, last year around this same time I wrote about how Will Smith does not need a comeback, and to be honest he still doesn't need it, I'm just going to explain how and why I want him to make better movies and choose better roles, any fan can see that. Will Smith had a big movie in Suicide Squad in August and it did numbers at the box office, the movie it wasn't great at all but it's watchable mostly because of him as Deadshot, days after that there was rumors of a Deadshot spin-off possibly happening and Deadshot possibly showing up in Ben Affleck's The Batman film, right now it's still rumors but as far as I'm concerned, those rumors should have been confirmed with no hesitation, instead we get official new that a Harley Quinn film is in development, funny. Months later, now in December, Collateral Beauty releases, and I'm just going to get straight to it, this is really not a good film but the performances are excellent from everybody, similar to Seven Pounds, Will Smith is great in this movie, like really really great, struggling to deal with his daughter's death in the movie he writes letters to death, love etc. The movie is not terrible but it isn't nothing Oscar worthy, and Will Smith actually said this last week, this movie has nothing to do with winning an Oscar, doing big at the box office, none of that, he said this last week in an interview that he did this movie to help him with his father's death who just recently passed, I can't do nothing but respect that because without being too personal, that really hits home and that's why for many reasons it's very difficult to watch this movie.
Will has already came out and said he doesn't want to be that sequel guy so don't expect an iRobot 2, Men In Black 4 or I Am Legend 2, even though Will's production company Overbrook Films has got the green light for another I Am Legend, I doubt he returns since his character died at the end which he wasn't supposed to, they should have kept the original end where he lives and takes the cure with him, but back to the sequel talk, Sony has already Bad Boys For Life (Bad Boys 3) and now Bad Boys 4 in development (why didn't they just save the Bad Boys 4 Life title for the 4th movie anyway?) we now know Will and Martin are returning for 3 and now The Grey, A-Team and Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan is writing and now directing BB3, which is going to be different from Michael Bay's version but I still can't wait regardless. BB3 has a release date for January 2018 and BB4 has Memorial Day 2019. Will is currently filming which was reported a rated R cop/sci-fi org film titled Bright with David Ayer with a budget of $100 mill for Netflix, that's the biggest budget a Netflix movie has had so far so this makes sense, after Bright is finished it sounds like Bad Boys 3 and Bad Boys 4 might film back to back, hopefully this happens, but where does Will go after that? In my opinion and as a fan, I think Will Smith needs to work with better directors, him and Denzel Washington are my favorites and Denzel has been on fire with the interviews this week by the way promoting Fences, Denzel's words on filmmaking needs to get to Will real soon and they need to work together before it's too late, Will can work with whoever he wants to in Hollywood, I liked Focus and I enjoyed Concussion, I also think Concussion would have been a better film if Ridley Scott stayed on board to direct, we seen what David Ayer can do with WIll, Michael Bay, Michael Mann etc. and we will see what Carnahan can bring to the table, we know what happened with the Django situation, it's time to let that go, maybe Will and QT might collab in the future, after watching Django and seeing a specific scene I see why Will passed even if it would have been a mistake.
Will has his own production company, he can easily bring a story on board, grab the best director out there and it's go time, Denzel has been doing this for years so why can't Will?, F. Gary Gray is one of the best and he recently directed Straight Outta Compton and just finished wrapping up Fast 8, he's supposed to direct a Marvin Gaye biopic next and in 2011 Will was attached to the movie, I don't know if he still is if he officially backed out of it but that would be crazy, hopefully something comes up soon with them two, another is Martin Scorsese, what more can you say about that, I don't mind emotional crying Will but seeing him angry and full of emotion he can really go off, we seen how he was in Bad Boys 2, Mike Lowrey didn't take no shit, neither did his character in I Am Legend and that's the Will I want to see. There's still time for Will to get his fake fans back, especially when the new Bad Boys drops, but I'm gonna support him regardless, I just want him to make better movies with better directors and finally win the Oscar he deserves, we'll see where he goes from here.
Lets just name a few Directors Will Smith should work with:
F. Gary Gray (Friday, Straight Outta Compton, A Man Apart, Set It Off)
Ben Affleck (The Town, Argo, Live By Night, The Batman)
Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Wolf Of Wall Street)
David Leitch (John Wick, John Wick 2, Deadpool 2)
Denzel Washington (Fences, Antwone Fisher, The Great Debators)
Hughes Brothers (Dead Presidents, Book Of Eli)
Russo Brothers (Captain America Winter Soldier/Civil War, Avengers Infinity War)
Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Intersteller)
Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed, Marvel's Black Panther, possibly Creed 2)
Ava Duvernay (Selma, A Wrinkle In Time)
Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Django Unchained)
Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Mo Better Blues, Inside Man)
Anybody I miss?
And of course, why put himself in the director's chair, he's supposed to direct a Redemption of Cain & Abel movie or something like that but I think that would be a weird choice for a directorial debut.