TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - July 21, 2017
When last we heard from David Ayer, he was telling people that the version of Suicide Squad released theatrically was his vision all along, despite it being an insufferable mess. Now he's re-teaming with that film's star Will Smith, along with Joel Edgerton—aka the only discount Tom Hardy not in Suicide Squad—for the mega-budget sci-fi action flick Bright.
The thing that sets Bright apart from other big budget sci-fi action movies is that it won't be playing in theaters for a week and a half, but rather will be going direct to Netflix. It's a bold move for the streaming company who has sunk lots of money into serial television programs but has yet to release a big budget feature. The cast and crew were at SDCC yesterday to unveil this new trailer and give us some info on the film, courtesy of Coming Soon.
The film's premise deals with an alternate version of modern day Los Angeles where fantasy creatures like Orcs and Elves are an integrated part of society. Edgerton plays the first Orc ever permitted to be an LAPD officer and he's partnered with Smith's cop who is prejudiced against Orcs. “It’s like the flip of those social concepts and it’s like, as a black dude, you don’t get a lot of movies where you’re the racist,” Smith laughed. “I don’t want no Orc in my car! You just never get to say that.”
Ayer said that a big part of the reason the film is going to Netflix rather than being released theatrically has to do with the ratings system in America. “The risk profile is different. So Netflix can make a hard rated R film for a $170 million [though he made sure to say that this wasn’t the budget], so studios can’t do that if the executive wants to be at work on Monday.”
It's going to be interesting to see how this all plays out, as Netflix has never bet this big on something so high profile. I imagine the film's performance will dictate how they approach similar films in the future, but it will be fascinating to watch it all unfold. Bright debuts on Netflix this December.