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Will Smith & Antoine Fuqua Move the Film "Emancipation" Out Of Georgia Over Voting Laws


Georgia continues to experience the byproduct of the new voting law. The restrictions have been criticized from coast to coast as politicians and activists claim that the Deep South state has established new regulations like those of the Jim Crow era. This has caused the MLB to move its All-Star game out of Atlanta, and some corporations are being urged to either speak against the new laws or remove themselves from Georgia altogether.


As Atlanta has been named the "Hollywood of the South," many in the production industry are asked to flex their famous and influential brawns to bring awareness to the cause. Tyler Perry famously hosts his movie studio in the state. While he will continue to crank out shows and films, Deadline announced that Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua had yanked their runaway-slave thriller “Emancipation'' from filming in the Peach State.

"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," a statement reads. "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 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 film will reportedly move locations and begin shooting in Louisiana instead. How much will this switch up set-back production? Somewhere around $15 million, according to a Deadline report. "Smith will play Peter, a slave who fled a plantation in Louisiana after he was whipped within an inch of his life," reports the outlet. "He had to outwit cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on a tortuous journey north. There, he joined the Union Army."


There have been many critiques from the Black community about slave movies in recent years, but Smith fans are looking ahead to what he and Fuqua have crafted. On the film Instagram page, producers have highlighted poignant moments in Black history.