#DavidAyer has been getting some hate as of late thanks to Suicide Squad (that's Oscar winner Suicide Squad), but that hasn't lowered his status as a talented filmmaker. After directing the divisive Academy Award winner and the critically acclaimed war film, Fury, Ayer continues create promising titles.
Before he focuses his work on Gotham City Sirens, Ayer made a movie that may drastically change the way studios approach blockbuster filmmaking, and that's not an overstatement. Ever since it was announced #Netflix bought Chronicle writer Max Landis' script Bright, and set Ayer at the helm, the movie has been one to watch. The streaming company invested $90 million into the whole package. Whether it will even get a theatrical release is one big question, but even if it doesn't, Bright has a good chance to become a game-changer.
Starring Will Smith, reuniting with the director after portraying Deadshot in Suicide Squad, the film follows the actor as a detective in a type of genre film that hasn't been portrayed before. Filled with orcs, fairies, the original fantasy film sounds unique in its setting and its premise. With Joel Edgerton as the orc co-lead, the plot surrounds a race to capture an all powerful wand. Dropped in the middle of this year's Oscar ceremony, the first footage teases something special:
At first sight the footage looks like your typical gangster thriller, but then Ayer hits us with orcs with firearms (Joel Edgerton?), and Will Smith with a sword, all in modern day. If this mature version of Zootopia is as good as it sounds we are in for one hell of a ride. Netflix has not disappointed us yet, so hopefully this continues their trend of awesome entertainment. Though we can't make much from the footage it does raise a lot of questions, which is exactly what makes us so hyped. We'll see how it fares in December.
Will Netflix's Experiment Succeed?
This is a real risk for Netflix, which has a $90 million budget on the line. The company has not put it this much into a film project in the streaming service's history, but if it bombs the company still has a lot of money to swim in. The question is how much it will change blockbuster filmmaking? This is only the company's first risky film venture with their next one being Scorsese's The Irishman, where they will invest over $150 million.
If Bright is successful they will continue to push large scale movies straight to the comfort of your own home. But should they? Films like this deserve to be on the big screen, hopefully Netflix makes a deal with exhibitors to screen the film, but unfortunately many theaters have not been happy with their previous attempts to construct a compromise. Anyway we shall see how it progresses when Bright debuts in December.
What did you think about the first footage from Bright?