Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua have pulled the product ion of their new film, ‘Emancipation’ from Georgia.
This is in response to th new voting law in the state signed by Governor Brian Kemp.
Some weeks ago, Governor Kemp signed a controversial law that puts heavier restrictions on Georgia voters. The new legislation limits the number of ballot drop boxes and makes it illegal to provide voters in line with food and water.
Hollywood has been calling on many film producers to boycott Georgia as a result of this development and Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua finally took the step.
The duo released a statement on Monday, April 12, regarding their decision.
“At this moment in time, the Nation is coming to terms with its history and is attempting to eliminate vestiges of institutional racism to achieve true racial justice. We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws that are designed to restrict voter access. The new Georgia voting laws are reminiscent of voting impediments that were passed at the end of Reconstruction to prevent many Americans from voting. Regrettably, we feel compelled to move our film production work from Georgia to another state.”
The slave film which is written by William N. Collage will star Will Smith who also serves as producer under his Westbrook, Inc.
Antoine Fuqua will serve as director and his Fuqua Films company is slated to produce too.