Actor Will Smith is at risk of being axed from Bad Boys 4 after slapping comedian, Chris Rock, at the 2022 Oscars.
Exactly one week ago, the Bad Boys actor stunned the world by slapping Rock for making a bald joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who is battling alopecia.
Smith has starred in the Bad Boys franchise, alongside Martin Lawrence, since its origin in 1995 with a sequel in 2003 and a third in 2020.
Although Smith claimed the Best Actor award, his first gong Oscars gong, it did little to overshadow the slap, a video that broke Youtube views record about 24 hours after the incident.
The saga doesn't look like its disappearing anytime soon despite Smith's apology to Rock as well as his resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science - the body that awards the Oscars.
Reports suggest that Smith also risks losing his first Oscar award which he won at the event for his role in King Richard.
U.S Sun quoting The Hollywood Reporter reported that Bad Boys 4 has been put on hold while the 53-year-old actor appeals to the Academy to keep his first-ever Oscar for his role in King Richard.
The publication added that scriptwriter, Chris Bremner, had so far penned a promising 40 pages of script.
Smith's other upcoming project was Netflix movie Fast and Loose, which THR claims has been "put on the back burner".
Bad Boys for Life, the third in the franchise, was released in January of 2020 and was a huge box office smash, earning $426 million worldwide.
It earned more at the box office than Bad Boys and Bad Boys 2 combined, making the fourth movie an obvious way forward.