This is how weird Hollywood is. Sometime last week we learned about the film Bright, that Max Landis (Chronicle) wrote and David Ayer (End of Watch, Suicide Squad) is set to direct, and is set to star Will Smith (you know him) and Joel Edgerton (The Gift) as cops in a world of orcs and faeries. Oh and Netflix just bought the rights to the movie who’s budget is set to be up to $100 million.
Again I say. What?
I actually really dig this concept.
In Bright, the setting is a world where magical creatures live side by side with humans and the police have a division handling crimes involving magic. A human cop (Smith) is forced to work with an Orc (Edgerton) to find something that unsavory elements are prepared to kill for — a powerful wand.
Now let’s remind ourselves, this isn’t Warner Brothers buying this movie, this isn’t Disney, this is Netflix. Going big in the movie industry is relatively new territory for them, they dipped their toes with an Adam Sandler movie and Beasts of No Nation but this is something else entirely. The deal is not 100% yet and we don’t know when Bright will begin production but the pieces are all here. Landis’ high concept ideas, Ayer is winding down Suicide Squad, Joel Edgerton is the ace that a lot of people don’t realize yet and Will Smith is Will Smith.
I guess you could argue that it’s another buddy cop movie where Will Smith hangs out with a quirky partner but I’ll take an orc cop over a surly 2016 Tommy Lee Jones any day.