Editors' Choice

The New $90 MM Netflix film “Bright” Starring Will Smith Has A Teaser

Steve Porter / March 3, 2017

There was once a time when it seemed that Will Smith could have done nothing wrong in terms of his choice of movie role. We have him (aside from the writers and directors) to thank for handfuls of classics such as Six Degrees of Separation, Bad Boys, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Independence day, Men In Black, Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds, and more. However, throughout his rather illustrious career, Mr. Smith has also made his fair share of what some would call “stinkers” such as Made In America, Welcome to Hollywood, Shark Tale, Hancock, Winter’s Tale, Focus, Suicide Squad and the almost incomprehensibly bad, After Earth. It’s safe to say his good choices far outweigh the bad.



On average, his films make roughly $128,000,000 at the box office and when ticket prices are adjusted for inflation, his films have generated well over $7.5 billion internationally. Why are we bringing up money? Well, it’s because his newest project titled “Bright,” has a budget of $90 million! And it’s not even going to be shown in theaters! Netflix is the only place you’re going to be able to find the film and they are banking on the fact that Smith’s star power will bring in more subscriptions between $8 and $12 per month. Even at the lowest price point, with its 93 million subscribers, Netflix is making about $744,000,000 MONTHLY! That’s $8,928,000,000 a year, so really, that $90 million is just pocket change to the streaming giant.



So what exactly is Bright? Well here goes. The story (written by Max Landis) is set in a world inhabited by both humans and mythical creatures. A human cop is forced to team up with an orc so that they can locate a weapon everyone is ready to kill for.



The only trailer released is a 38-second teaser cut to Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” and as of now, we like what we see. It looks pretty cool and we’re interested to discover how they handle the meshing of the human and supernatural worlds. With interesting makeup and set pieces, high caliber talent, cool looking broadswords, and creepy ladies that look like the ghost twins from the Matrix (side note: Smith turned down the role of Neo), this looks like it’s going to be good! Other than Smith, we’ve got Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Ike Barinholtz, Lucy Fry, and Edgar Ramerîez.



Also the film is directed by David Ayer which, sadly doesn’t really give us all that much confidence seeing as the last time Ayer and Smith teamed up, we got Suicide Squad… but, it did win an Academy Award, so yeah. Our only real gripe with the film and the trailer in general is it’s release date. December 2017. December? Why the hell are you gonna tell us about it now! So here’s to the long 9 months we’re all going to be waiting to stream Bright. BAH!