Production began this week on Netflix's crime fantasy thriller Bright, with Will Smith and Joel Edgerton spotted on the Los Angeles set in the first photos. Our initial report revealed that this story is set in a world where humans live side-by-side with orcs and faeries, which is represented in this photo by the human cop played by Will Smith and his orc partner played by Joel Edgerton, both of whom are seen wearing medals. The scene in question appears to take place at a memorial service for fallen police officers, but no further details were revealed.
The first photos surfaced on Just Jared, with others surfacing on various Twitter accounts. This project reunites Will Smith with his Suicide Squad director David Ayer, who is directing from a script by Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra). There was originally talk that Warner Bros. would pick up this project, in hopes of putting it on the fast track for David Ayer to direct, before he starts work on Suicide Squad 2, but that didn't exactly happen.
Instead, a bidding war sparked between Netflix, Warner Bros. and MGM offering to pay upwards of $50 million for the project, while Palmstar reportedly offered to pay $4 million for Max Landis' script, and $60 million for the entire project. Netflix won this bidding war by paying $3 million for the script and $90 million for the entire package, $45 million of which will go towards the production budget. David Ayer and Max Landis are also producing with Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless.
The story follows Will Smith and Joel Edgerton's characters who work for a police division that handles crimes involving magic. Their world turns upside down when they come into possession of a powerful and highly illegal magic wand. The cast also includes Lucy Fry as an elf named Tikka who possesses the wand and comes under the protection of these cops. The supporting cast also includes Chris Browning, Andrea Navedo, Brad William Henke and Nadia Sloane.
Netflix hasn't announced when Bright may be released, or if it will get a limited theatrical release as well. The streaming service gave its first narrative feature, Beasts of No Nation, a limited theatrical release for awards consideration last year, in tandem with its debut on Netflix. Take a look at the first set photos below from Bright.