Netflix has held its own against the big TV networks in terms of original programming, and reports say the streaming service shelled out $6 billion this year alone on that front. But, with all the exciting films and series coming down the pipeline, this next one could become its biggest get yet.
According to, Netflix is looking to snag Bright, a supernatural cop thriller from director David Ayer, actors Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, and writer Max Landis (Chronicle). While the trade notes that “the deal is far from done,” Netflix has risen to the top of the bidding war and currently in negotiations to acquire the rights.
Netflix broke into the movie business with, directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) and starring Idris Elba and the young Abraham Attah, and has been moving aggressively since. Bright is a production with a budget of $80 million-$100 million that required a production commitment up front. The combination of Ayer and Smith also make it buzz-worthy; Ayer directed for Warner Bros. with Smith cast as DC villain Deadshot.
Bright sees a world in which magical creatures and humans live together, and a special division of the police handles supernatural-related crimes. Smith portrays a human cop who is forced to work with an orc (played by Edgerton) in order to find a powerful wand for which others would kill to obtain. The project is being described as a midway point between Ayer’s End of Watch and 1988’s Alien Nation.
As we await more information on this intriguing project, Netflix is preparing to release the second season of Daredevil this month, featuring Jon Bernthal and Elodie Yung as Marvel characters Punisher and Elektra. Other high-profile debuts coming down the road are Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events series and more seasons of original TV, including Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the Defenders lineup.