Bright was Netflix’s first foray into full blown blockbuster film making, and while critics have been harsh on the film, audiences seem to have liked it. I mean, it’s far from a perfect film, but with a solid cast and well directed action, it’s a pretty fun popcorn flick for a Saturday night. Streaming numbers seem to have been pretty high on the $90 million film too, topping out as the number one film on the service in 190 countries (with over 11 million streams in the US during the first three days alone).
Stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton are set to return, as is director David Ayer. One person who won’t be back is Bright‘s screenwriter, Max Landis. Landis has had some serious Sexual Harassment allegations leveled against him, and the streaming service’s desire to distance themselves from him makes a lot of sense. Ayer will take over writing duties for the second film, which is either good or bad news depending on whether you’re thinking about Training Day or Suicide Squad.
Honestly, while the social commentary is more miss than hit in Bright, the cast and visuals are amazing. Maybe excising the first film’s writer is exactly what the sequel needed, even if he weren’t turning out to be a garbage person.
Look, we didn’t like Suicide Squad. Most people who enjoy “good movies” didn’t like it either. With that in mind, it’s kind of bizarre to get excited about Netflix’s Bright, which shares that film’s director and one of its stars. Okay, it probably helps that this movie was written by Max Landis, who is the showrunner of the brilliant television adaptation of Dirk Gently, but still.
We’ve had a handful of trailers for Bright, and the latest continues to look pretty solid. If you don’t recall, it’s a modern set fantasy movie where Will Smith plays a human cop partnered with an Orc (played by Joel Edgerton). It’s pretty different from most things we’ve seen, which is exciting on its own. This is the streaming service’s first attempt at a “blockbuster” movie, so it’ll be fun to see how it turns out
Another trailer dropped for Bright this week, and Netflix’s first foray into blockbuster film making continues to look really, really good. It hits the same notes that we’ve seen in earlierpromotional materials for the film.
Will Smith plays a cop who gets assigned an Orcish partner (played by Joel Edgerton). There’s tension between them (as there’s an obvious racism allegory happening with the Orcs), and the two run across someone with a magic wand. A magic wand is, apparrently, “like a nuclear bomb that grants wishes.”
So, y’know, a little bit of a big deal.
This is the most I’ve ever been excited about a David Ayer film in my life. I mean, it’s a buddy cop modern fantasy film — we haven’t exactly seen that before. Getting something new out of Hollywood apparently took a streaming service.
Netflix’s original studios have been killing it with original television and independent film, but it looks like the online service is intending to step into the movie big leagues. Deadline is reporting that Netflix has now spent $90 million on a project called Bright.
A scifi/fantasy cop thriller scripted by Max Landis, Bright will star Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. David Ayer will direct the film. The film will cost $45 to film, which means the rest of the budget will pretty much end up in the pockets of its stars — mostly to buy out the backend. Unlike a traditional Hollywood film, there just won’t be one on a Netflix made film.
It’s an ambitious move for Netflix, and it’ll also be pretty hard to tell if it pays off or not (as the service is subscription based). But the fact that the company is edging into larger budget productions is an interesting development, and let’s hope the gamble pays off.