And just like that, film history had been made. This marks the first major project that has left Georgia for a political reason, and it's taking millions of dollars away from the state as a result. While this is a conversation that has happened for a few years, Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua actually bit the bullet, and will be filming Emancipation somewhere else.
As the statement from THR reads, the decision making behind Emancipation was informed by legislation currently happening in the state of Georgia. The new laws are specifically focused on voting methods, and reportedly restrict the use of drop boxes, forbid handing out food and water to folks voting online, and more. And as conversations surround these new actions, Will Smith's Emancipation is using money to express its disapproval of the new voting standards.