Bright Movie: Netflix Goes Big with Will Smith Fantasy Feature


Netflix plans Bright movie.

Netflix makes their biggest feature plans to date, budgeting $90 million for David Ayer’s Bright movie

Following word earlier this month that Suicide Squad director David Ayer’s Bright movie landed leading men in Joel Edgerton and Will Smith, Deadline brings word that the Max Landis-scripted fantasy cop feature has found a home at Netflix. The streaming service, which just today debuted the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil, is making the Bright movie their biggest project to date, setting aside $90 million for the project.

Likened to Ayer’s own End of Watch, the Bright movie takes place in a fantasy realm and follows an Orc cop. Plans call for Bright to go into production this fall.

Joel Edgerton made his directorial debut last year with the thriller The Gift, which he also scripted and starred in. He can next be seen in Mud and Take Shelter helmer Jeff Nichol’s Midnight Special, opening in theaters today. Smith, meanwhile, last starred in Peter Landesman’s Concussion and recently joined the ensemble cast of David Frankel’s Collateral Beauty opposite Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Pena, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren. He can next be seen in theaters in Suicide Squad this August.

Max Landis, whose recent screenplays have included Victor Frankenstein and American Ultra, has previously shared tidbits from the Bright movie over social media. Although it’s not necessarily a scene that will appear in the final film, you can get a taste of Bright‘s alternate reality in the below tweet:

How do you think Netflix’s plans for the Bright movie will affect theatrical distribution moving forward? Would you rather see big budget movies debut on Netflix or do you prefer the theatrical experience? Let us know in the comments below!

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