It is hard to believe we are already a month removed from the slap heard around the world at this year's Oscars.  

As a result of the slap, many of Will Smith’s future projects have either been shelved or pushed back. Reported exclusively by Variety 

the Smith-led Apple film Emancipation has been delayed until 2023, making it the latest Smith film to be affected by that night.

While there was no exact date for Antoine Fuqua's period piece action-thriller, the film was expected to be Apple’s next major awards' contender after this year's Best Picture winner CODA.  

Apple has not confirmed a date or the news, but one of Variety’s sources said that “it’s the unspoken truth” that the thriller would not hit Apple TV+ later this year. 

It is a very tough pill to swallow for the filmmakers, but not so much for Apple as they have a big film slate already in place for 2022.  

Their line-up includes heavy hitters like the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner Cha Cha Real Smooth starring Dakota Johnson 

Emancipation has so much talent both behind and in front of the camera, so hopefully the film can release sooner rather than later.