Will Smith, David Ayer Reteaming on Max Landis Spec ‘Bright’

Will Smith, David Ayer Reunite for
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With buzz riding high on their comic book pic “Suicide Squad,” director David Ayer and Will Smith are looking to reunite for their next project.

Sources tell Variety they’re in talks to join the Max Landis spec script “Bright” with Ayer attached to direct and Smith on board to star. Warner Bros. is expected to be the project’s home, though no deal has been made yet as sources say Sony is also in the mix.

Joel Edgerton is also in talks to co-star.

Written on spec by Landis, 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.

Landis recently tweeted glowing remarks about Ayer’s recent rewrite of the spec.

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

“Suicide Squad,” which also stars Margot Robbie, Jared Leto and Viola Davis, bows on Aug. 5. Landis most recently penned “American Ultra” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.

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

Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.

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  1. Paola says:

    more Joker this time! Please and thank you.

  2. Stephen Real says:

    Will Smith could run and win the Governorship of California from there he can take the White House. Will Smith out of all of Hollywood has the clearest path to the White House. We had a great discussion on his path to the White House. He was roundly poo poo-ed by his detractors but the path was clear to all.

  3. Rogers says:

    Landis is a joke, the movie is going to be terrible.

  4. Pollsby says:

    In what fantasy world is there good buzz on Suicide Squad? The folks who know they are losing just went to their desperation SOP: announcing the sequel is going to happen. DC and WB always pull this, imagining they can force the PTB to keep with their plans once it’s been announced. It doesn’t work, as soon as it’s a commercial failure, it’s flushed – and Variety and Hollywood Reporter conveniently forget the part they played in the attempted con.

  5. Tim says:

    Will Smith better win an Oscar for Suicide Squad. Viola Davis will probably be nominated as Best Supporting Actress next year after the Academy gets rid of members who don’t know great acting when they see it.

  6. Richard says:

    Let’s hope Will chooses someone other than a white costar ** cough ** Focus** cough** cough** Robbie ** for his next project . Really how can you boycott the Oscars when you the biggest black movie star rarely costar with someone other than a white costar ?

  7. Will already took a break from acting

  8. Haha says:

    Will Smith needs to take a break from “acting” and find his inner men in black once again.

  9. DougW says:

    Hard to imagine “End of Watch” with Tinker Bell.

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