Netflix Buys Will Smith-David Ayer Pic ‘Bright’

Netflix Lands Will-Smith-David Ayer Pic 'Bright'
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UPDATE, March 18, 6:55 p.m.Netflix has closed a deal for the rights to Max Landis spec “Bright” with Will Smith and Joel Edgerton set to star and David Ayer on board to direct.

Netflix has paid $3 million for the script and will spend a total $90 million on the project.

Variety first reported on March 9 that several studios including Sony and Warner Bros. were in the mix, but sources said Netflix would end up with one of the hotter packages in town.

Warner Bros. seemed to be the front-runner, but after the deal-making stalled, reps for the project decided to shop the project to other studios. Bryan Unkeless and Eric Newman will produce.

Plot details are unknown, but sources suggest the project will be in the vein of “End of Watch” (which was directed by Ayer) but set in a world where Orcs and fairies live among humans. Sources also say the story is not set in present day.

It’s unknown when production on the film would get under way, but the hope is to get it rolling this year in order to get both Ayer and Smith ready for a “Suicide Squad” sequel shoot by 2017.

Ayer and Smith are repped by CAA and Landis is repped by WME and Writ Large. Smith is also repped by Overbrook Entertainment.

Deadline first reported that the deal had closed with Netflix.

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  1. Michael D. Adams: No sé si tiene las mejores fotografías, mas sí los mejores modelos.

  2. powsmith says:

    Not the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard, but in the top 10

  3. Dev exec says:

    This idea sounds really similar to the one landis has in development at imagine

  4. That guy says:

    This sounds like a terrible film idea

  5. QUESTION says:

    Can anyone confirm the rampant rumors that Joel Edgerton will be performing this in his Pharaoh outfit?

  6. John Shutt says:

    Agree with other commenters. If Netflix is serious about getting into film biz, let them play in theaters first or stick to tv series and let the big boys handle the film

  7. Truth says:

    This movie belongs in the theatres. Netflix needs to let one of the studios in town make this.

  8. jhs39 says:

    I wouldn’t want a “hot” movie script going to Netflix since, to date, they’ve shown no talent or inclination to release movies theatrically. If Beasts of No Nation had been a real theatrical film it would have garnered Oscar nominations and the Oscarsowhite controversy would never have happened in the first place.

    • KWK says:

      Exactly! The entire BEASTS controversy in my view stemmed NOT from racism…but by the Academy’s reluctance to acknowledge a “movie” that was made for the small screen…and then given a quickie, opportunistic (and financially disastrous ) run in a few cinemas, with the hopes of award recognition.

      • Jack Smith says:

        I just stumbled across these comments. Late to the party, sorry! But, KWK, you are so wrong. The German WWII movie ‘Das Boot’ was a week long television mini-series cut down and released as a feature film…and…it received 8-Oscar nominations in 1982.

      • therealeverton says:

        And yet every other major (some would argue “better”) body did, BAFTA, SAG Independent Spirit, they all saw the thing and nominated it and awarded it wins accordingly. The Academy did the poor thing here, more than Netflix

        I get what you guys are saying, ut I imagine Netflix have learned to work smarter in this regard.

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