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Paramount, actress JoJo Siwa quits Will Smith-backed movie ‘Bounce’

Nickelodeon teen star JoJo Siwa quits Will Smith-backed young adult film Bounce. Paramount Pictures has also removed the project from its development slate, according to sources familiar with the project.

“This project was put on hold and then left,” Siwa said. Variety of the film adaptation of Bounce – based on the young adult book by Megan Shull – Saturday. “It wasn’t that one.”

“I normally stay out of politics, it’s not my gig,” the Nickelodeon star added. The JoJo & BowBow Show. “But, I will say being kind to each other is very important. I think it can go both ways, kindness.

JoJo Siwa performs onstage at Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards at The Forum on March 24, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Sources also told the outlet that the project fell apart months ago and was unrelated to Will Smith physically attacking Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars after the comedian cracked a prank. about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

The film was first announced in 2020 and was brought to the studio by producer Caleb Pinkett (Pinkett Smith’s brother). Will Smith and his wife would also have been producers at the time, not as leads, but rather supporting Caleb Pinkett.

The project also reportedly made waves last year, after Siwa, who is a highly visible LGBTQ figure among teenagers, lamented Bounce’s storyline, including a kiss scene in which she had to kiss a male co-star. .

It’s the latest sign that Will Smith’s acting career and his sprawling production apparatus are collapsing.


Last week, Netflix suspended production of crime thriller Will Smith Fast and loose. This was followed by Sony announcing that it had “suspended” production of bad boys 4.

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