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article imageNetflix grabs movie rights to 'Bright' starring Will Smith

By Andrew Ellis     Mar 21, 2016 in Entertainment
Netflix just keeps swinging for the fences when it comes to original content, and its most recent victory comes in the form of fantasy cop thriller 'Bright' starring Will Smith.
The streaming service's victory is the result of a bidding war with Warner Bros., according to The Verge, and its the company's largest deal yet at more than $90 million.
The movie centers around Smith, a human police officer who joins forces with an orc who will be played by Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Black Mass) to find a magic wand that could lead to disaster if put in the wrong hands. In the world of the movie, humans and fantastical creatures such as orcs and fairies coexist, and the police have a division devoted to solving cases involving the supernatural. The Verge reports that the movie will be rated R and there is a goal to try and recreate the kind of magic that Men in Black first brought to the screen.
Deadline also reports that Netflix sees the movie as the start of a possible franchise. The streaming service will reportedly spend half of the $90 million on the production of the movie, and the other half on the talent with $3 million going to Max Landis (American Ultra) for the script. Not only are Smith and Edgerton leading the cast, but they have also chosen David Ayer (Fury, End of Watch) to direct.
The Verge pointed out that Warner Bros. losing to Netflix is worth noting as both Will Smith and David Ayer worked on the highly anticipated Suicide Squad for the studio, which is expected to be a huge hit this summer. This will also be Smith's first venture into original programming for Netflix, and the first time his work will premiere for most viewers on a small screen in long time. There is a chance that there will be a limited run for the movie in theaters, but many theaters have been resistant showing movies that don't premiere on the big screen.
The movie is scheduled to begin production in the fall.
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