As controversies surrounding Will Smith seemed to have subsided, Apple is looking to release Emancipation just in time for awards season.
According to The New York Times, the streamer is currently discussing the idea of releasing their highly-anticipated movie in theatres in December for a possible Apple TV+ release in January, the prime sweet spot for awards consideration.
But the Antoine Fuqua-directed movie doesn’t seem like it will have an actual chance at being seriously considered for Academy Awards, since Will Smith was banned from the organization for a period of ten years, and that it could be too early to release.
Still, Apple has quite the conundrum on their hands. Not only does it star Smith and is directed by a high-profile filmmaker, the movie has reportedly cost over $120 million, and stars a number of highly lauded stars, including Ben Foster, Mustafa Shakir, Charmaine Bingwa, and Steven Ogg. Time will tell if Apple will attempt to go for gold again this year, but it may not be it.
Source: The New York Times