Will Smith may have won an Academy Award for his role in King Richard but his A-list career may never be the same after his outburst on the Oscars stage.
The 53-year-old actor resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was banned from the Oscars for a decade, but even this may not be enough to redeem his behavior during the ceremony. The question still remains of what will happen with the different projects that Will Smith is involved with.
The Upcoming Projects Associated With Will Smith
Bad Boys 4
In 2020, Smith re-teamed with Martin Lawrence for a third movie in the Bad Boys franchise titled Bad Boys for Life. The film was an instant success, which led to the development of a fourth movie. However, since the Oscars, the film has been put on hold and Sony hasn’t released a statement about its future.
Fast and Loose
Fast and Loose is a Netflix production that is currently on hold because of the Will Smith-Chris Rock incident. The film is about a crime boss who is experiencing memory loss and discovers that he has a double life as an undercover agent. Since the Oscars, the studio hasn’t made any comments on whether they are planning to move forward with a different actor. Bright is another Netflix movie, which starred Will Smith and is expected to have a sequel. Whether it will happen or not is still unclear.
I Am Legend 2
Three weeks prior to the Academy Awards ceremony, Will Smith made his fans happy by announcing that he would be co-starring with Michael B. Jordan in a sequel to his 2007 movie I Am Legend. While little is known about the film’s premise, Smith shared in the interview that the concept is really cool and that Jordan was the creative force behind it. Since the Oscars, no further updates have been made about the project, which is still in its early stages.
Smith’s thriller Emancipation is already in post-production, although it doesn’t have an official release date. A statement by AppleTV+ said that the film would debut before the end of 2022. The movie, which is directed by Antoine Fuqua, tells the story of a man who escapes slavery and was highly anticipated before the events at the Academy Awards.
Hollywood Isn’t Known To Be Forgiving
Though Will Smith seems to be regretful and remorseful of his conduct, the reality is that his future as an A-list actor is in jeopardy. Only time will tell if Hollywood is prepared to give him a shot at redemption. But judging from past incidents with other prominent actors, the odds aren’t in his favor.
The E-Commerce Tech Startup Fabric Has Raised $100 Million in New Round
Fabric is a startup that focuses on e-commerce platform development, and recently, it has raised as much as $100 million in new funding. The round was spearheaded by Stripes, which is a private equity firm based in New York. It included various new investors like B Capital Group and Greycroft.
The Value of Fabric is Now Set at $850 Million
According to experts who specialize in the field, Fabric has raised its value from $193 million to $850 million. The startup allows companies to customize their own websites with back-end technology and digital storefronts that allow them to facilitate online transactions. Chief Executive Officer Faisal Masud has stated that the surge in e-commerce demand pointed out the importance of robust digital technology and the lack of sufficient resources & engineering talent many companies need to improve their websites. According to him, product owners should focus on their products and not running their platforms, and the latter is exactly what Fabric can do for them.
Fabric Is Now Being Used By More Than Two Dozen Customers
According to Masud, Fabric has been useful to many companies already. Its clients include Restoration Hardware, GNC, and BarkBox. The startup will use this latest surge in funding to hire a marketing leadership team and expand its existing engineering team. The company will also broaden partnerships and support possible acquisitions, and it also looks forward to expanding in Asia.
Fabric was founded back in 2017 by Ryan Bartley, who had done work at eBay and Staples. Currently, he is the chief revenue officer at Fabric. While his company works with many consumer-facing websites, its growth is likely to come from companies that are doing business-to-business work. According to Ron Shah, who is a partner at Stripes, Fabric benefits greatly from a leadership team with vast experience working for technology giants like Google and Amazon. Apparently, this is vital for this kind of market because it is hard to stay relevant with the rapid pace of change in the industry.