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Netflix lands Bright with Will Smith & David Ayer

03.09.2016

Netflix means business. They are a serious content provider to be reckoned with and all other major movie studios should take notice. And, if they weren't paying attention before, they certainly will be now as Netflix is making an original with Will Smith.

BRIGHT, the Max Landis spec script that Smith and director David Ayer recently came aboard, is in the process of being bought by Netflix, easily surpassing their deal with Adam Sandler to mark the company's biggest production yet.

The film, described as END OF WATCH meets ALIEN NATION, would take place in a supernatural and magical world where orcs and fairies live side-by-side with mankind. Smith would play a human cop who has to team with Joel Edgarton as an orc to find a powerful wand that creatures are being killed to secure.

The project had been shopped around Hollywood with several other studios expressing interest. However, a $80-100 million budget and a production commitment had to be part of the deal and only Netflix stepped up to accept those terms and outbid their competitors.

Will Smith is still one of the world's biggest stars and, for Netflix to land an original film with him starring, is a major shot across the bow of everyone. The way the public consumes movies has been changing for a long time, and the studios' reluctance to accept that has been a major problem with the way the Hollywood system is currently structured.

Netflix just announced its presence with authority. It's time for others to take them seriously.

David Ayer and Will Smith's latest collaboration SUICIDE SQUAD hits theaters on August 5.

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4:22AM on 03/10/2016
Sounds totally bonkers and I love it. Very high concept. Really hope they pull it off. Still waiting for Will Smith to become interesting again. Maybe in Suicide Squad. Not exactly news that Margot Robbie will most likely walk off with that one though.
Sounds totally bonkers and I love it. Very high concept. Really hope they pull it off. Still waiting for Will Smith to become interesting again. Maybe in Suicide Squad. Not exactly news that Margot Robbie will most likely walk off with that one though.
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3:39AM on 03/10/2016
I like Max Landis as a screenwriter, as well as Ayer as a director, and Netflix's last big name original film, Beasts of No Nation, was incredible. Bright sounds like a different kind of film, sure, but this, if not their next film of this stature, will be the king of thing that gets Netflix noticed as a legitimate producer of content, as opposed to just a streaming service. it doesn't hurt that Ayer and Smith will be coming off of Suicide Squad, which, based on trailers and promotional
I like Max Landis as a screenwriter, as well as Ayer as a director, and Netflix's last big name original film, Beasts of No Nation, was incredible. Bright sounds like a different kind of film, sure, but this, if not their next film of this stature, will be the king of thing that gets Netflix noticed as a legitimate producer of content, as opposed to just a streaming service. it doesn't hurt that Ayer and Smith will be coming off of Suicide Squad, which, based on trailers and promotional material, looks groundbreakingly awesome. Seems like one of the first films in a while that can balance madcap humor and dark visceral violence . . . . basically what they've been trying to do since Iron Man and Dark Knight came out the same year. Looking forward to this one!
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12:53AM on 03/10/2016

Netflix's going to go bankrupt spending like this

They should have started their own version of BlumHouse, not spending over $100M on a movie like this or the Adam Sandler deal.
They should have started their own version of BlumHouse, not spending over $100M on a movie like this or the Adam Sandler deal.
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9:56PM on 03/09/2016

Big moves

I'm really excited to see what Netflix had in store for the next decade. Don't they have an original Brad Pitt movie coming too?
I'm really excited to see what Netflix had in store for the next decade. Don't they have an original Brad Pitt movie coming too?
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