Netflix is ready to make its next move. After starting off its original programming with Lilyhammer, House of Cards, and Orange Is the New Black in 2012 and 2013, the company united with Marvel to produce five new live-action series including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. That collaboration was perhaps their most important one yet, as it put them at the forefront of today’s current superhero craze.
Yet in the background, Netflix has also been working hard to expand their film lineup, too. Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba was critically acclaimed last year, but it still had a very limited release. And other Netflix films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny and Pee-wee’s Big Holiday aren’t expected to cause too much of a stir. The company, of course, has several more projects on the horizon, but one in particular is getting a lot of buzz right now.
In what may be its biggest deal yet, Netflix is hoping to soon collaborate with Will Smith and David Ayer on a new fantasy-drama film. The company is currently at the top of the bidding war and in negotiations for Bright, a fantasy-cop thriller written by Max Landis (Chronicle) with David Ayer (Suicide Squad) attached to re-write and direct. Will Smith and Joel Edgerton are attached to star in a move that would reunite Smith and Ayer ahead of a presumed Suicide Squad sequel.
Bright is set in a world where magical creatures live side by side with humans and the police have a division handling crimes involving magic. Smith will play a cop forced to work with an Orc (Edgerton) to find a powerful wand that numerous others are prepared to kill to obtain. The project would perfectly marry Landis’ love of dark fantasy with Ayer’s penchant for crime dramas. The story is described as a mix of End of Watch (Ayer’s 2012 gritty cop movie) and Alien Nation (which followed a human and an alien cop forced to work together to solve a homicide).
Netflix has been trying to get its film division off the ground, and Bright could help them to finally receive more recognition. And the company seems to be willing to go all-in as THR reports the film was shopped around with a budget of $80-$100 million and required a production commitment. One studio was ready to give $55 million, but that offer was rejected, meaning Netflix currently has the best offer on the table at close to the film’s proposed budget. However, several sources caution that a deal is far from done yet.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on the latest news about Bright.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016, followed by Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 16th, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps. on June 19th, 2020.