Will Bright be Will Smith’s ticket back to the top?

Looking forward to December 2017, he re-teams with director David Ayer (who directed Smith in Suicide Squad) for Bright, an intriguing-looking hardboiled policier which takes place in a world populated by orcs, goblins and banshees. The film looks a little like a mash-up of some of Ayer’s earlier work, drawing on the dirty cops of 2012’s End of Watch and the made-up monster freaks of Suicide Squad.

This short teaser gives away little bar the visual context, and it’s hard to tell whether this will be Smith’s triumphant bounce-back moment. Or, will a bounce-back even be possible considering the film will be premiering on a VOD platform and not subject to traditional metrics of success?

Following on from the news that Martin Scorsese’s forthcoming gangster epic, The Irishman, will too be a Netflix exclusive, this does cement the platform’s intention to showcasing high-end, studio-style entertainment and not just remaining a place to see films that work best in a home entertainment setting. This is already shaping up to be very an interesting year for the streaming service.

Published 27 Feb 2017

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