Director David Ayer has revealed that fans will get their next look at Bright tomorrow, during the film’s San Diego Comic-Con panel. Not only does Bright mark the latest auteur-driven feature film to be released by Netflix, it could also serve as a comeback of sorts for Ayer. After last year’s Suicide Squad was a commercial hit/critical bomb, the Fury and End of Watch filmmaker is returning to a genre that he’s already had plenty of experience working in with Bright – a film that promises to be a standard Los Angeles cop drama similar to some of Ayer’s past films, but with one very interesting genre twist.
Based on a screenplay by Max Landis, Bright takes place in a modern day Los Angeles, where fantasy-type creatures like Orcs, Elves, Trolls and more, all live side-by-side with humans – though, the species’ relationships can be especially fragile at times. The film picks up when Will Smith’s human cop, Daryl Ward, and his Orc partner, Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), are tasked with retrieving an ancient and powerful mystical weapon that it feels like everyone is willing to kill, in order to get their hands on.
The first teaser trailer for Bright had a few striking images but didn’t offer much in terms of story or characters. However, with the Bright San Diego Comic-Con panel set to happen tomorrow afternoon in Hall H, Ayer has revealed on his Twitter account that the newest trailer for Bright will be released online, during the panel. You can check out Ayer’s announcement for yourself, below:
While the overall quality of the film remains a mystery, Bright promises to be one of the more ambitious film titles that Netflix has produced and distributed up until this point. After spending a considerable amount of time over the past few years expanding their film efforts, the streaming service has become an increasingly alluring place for artistic filmmakers to go with their new projects. That’s thanks to both Netflix’s total willingness to dole out large amounts of money for any project they believe in, while simultaneously giving the filmmakers almost full creative control over those projects.
Ayer is just the latest well-known filmmaker to work with the streaming service – and what’s interesting about Bright is how the film appears to be an unusually meta-combination between the LA cop dramas that Ayer made a name for himself with, and the more special effects-heavy big budget blockbuster that Suicide Squad was. That latter film was more or less universally torn apart by film critics and even many DC fans last year, but with the filmmaker also currently attached/rumored to be directing the Margot Robbie-led Gotham City Sirens, Bright could either be just the surprise hit that Ayer needs to boost fan confidence in him directing Sirens… or another unfortunately disappointing outing. And it’s hard to know what Ayer’s involvement in the DCEU may be, should the Netflix film prove to be the latter.
Bright hits Netflix sometime this December.
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