×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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

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.

More Film

  • Ventana Sur: ’No Longer Here,' 'Sanctorum,'

    Ventana Sur: 'I'm No Longer Here,' 'Sanctorum,' 'The Weak' Make Primer Corte

    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 […]

  • Cynthia Lopez to Head NY Women

    Cynthia Lopez to Head NY Women in Film and Television

    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 […]

  • 'Instant Family' Review: Mark Wahlberg, Rose

    Film Review: 'Instant Family'

    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 […]

  • Zee Hatches Action Movie Pact With

    India's Zee Hatches Action Movie Pact With IMEN (Exclusive)

    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 […]

  • The Christmas Chronicles

    Film Review: 'The Christmas Chronicles'

    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 […]

  • Roma

    Netflix's ‘Roma’ Adds Korea Theatrical Date

    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 […]

  • CJ Entertainment Picks up Starry 'Garden

    Korea's CJ Entertainment Picks up Starry 'Garden of Evening Mists'

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content