Along with original TV shows, Netflix is diving into the deep end with feature film projects — and the next one could be really, really good.
The streaming service is set to pick up the sci-fi cop film Bright, which will be directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, Fury) and star fellow Suicide Squad alum Will Smith. If buzz is to be believed, the duo worked well together on DC’s antihero team-up, so they’re keeping the band together for Bright. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix won a bidding war for the film, which carries a budget of around $90 million.
The script was written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and is described as a mix between gritty cop flick End of Watch (which Ayer also directed) and the 1988 sci-fi thriller Alien Nation, where a human and an alien cop must work together. But instead of aliens, Bright is set in a world where magic exists side by side with the regular world. Smith will play a human cop who is forced to work with an Orc (played by Joel Edgerton) as they look into a case involving a powerful wand.
It sounds like a positively fascinating pitch, and attracting top-tier talent to something this quirky could make for one heck of a cool movie. Plus, Ayer has proven he knows how to handle a cop movie, so his skill set should lend a unique perspective to the project.
It’s worth noting the concept is also reminiscent of 17th Precinct, the potential television series pitched to NBC by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) back in 2010. The network passed on the series, though a pilot was commissioned, following a team of cops as they work cases in a world where magic is real. The pilot actually leaked a few years ago (it’s pretty good!) and can be found in places where less-than-legal videos sometimes wind up.
Are you looking forward to this one?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)