Netflix have reportedly bought the rights to new Will Smith cop thriller Bright, which starts filming later in 2016.
Smith will rejoin David Ayer (who directed him in Suicide Squad, due out this summer) in the movie, which is also set to star Joel Edgerton. Max Landis (American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein) is penning the script.
Deadline reports that the movie was the subject of a two-week bidding war also involving Warner Bros and Palmstar, and that the final figure is $90 million.
The film is expected to cost $45 million, with a $3 million fee for Landis’ script. It remains unclear if the movie will also get a limited cinematic showing – according to Deadline, the other two bids had planned to offer a more standard theatrical release.
Not a great deal is known about the movie to date, but it will be set in Los Angeles, with IMDB reporting that the film “will take place in a world where fairies and orcs live with humans, and will center on an orc cop.”
Meanwhile, Will Smith is set to return to the musical stage this summer, including performing UK gigs with Jazzy Jeff.
“I’ve been working on something and this time I’m not lying!” Smith said in January. “We’ve recorded about 25 songs and have four or five I actually like. Jeff and I will be back here [the UK] this summer to do shows – real shows.”
Smith released his first new track in a decade in 2015, with Fiesta flitting between English and Spanish.
‘Fiesta’ was the first new music from the rapper-come-actor since 2005 album ‘Lost And Found’. Smith has long been hinting at a return to rap, including claiming that he’s worked with Drake and Kanye West.