Netflix's BRIGHT Puts Orcs on the Force

Contributing Writer; Canada (@ChrisDWebster)
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Netflix's BRIGHT Puts Orcs on the Force

In a cheeky play on the cultural call for diversity in the workforce, Netflix announced that Nicolas Jakoby, the first ever Orc Police Officer (played by Joel Edgerton), has joined the the South Central Los Angeles Police Force, solidifying a commitment to diversity and their acceptance of all communities and races. Jakoby will be partnering with the esteemed Human Officer Scott Ward (Will Smith) and providing much needed insight into the Orc community in the Los Angeles area.

So, what is Bright? Written by the talented and oft misunderstood Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra), the feature screenplay for Bright caused a studio bidding war resulting in a $3 million pay day for the young writer when Netflix came out on top. The film is directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch).

Synopsis: Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time, Bright follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward, a human (Will Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.

The Netflix original film stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Olivieri, and Kenneth Choi.

Bright hits Netflix in December. 

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William JohnsonMarch 6, 2017 5:30 PM

So cross Alien Nation with FASA's Shadowrun.

omnisemantic1March 7, 2017 5:55 AM

How is Max Landis "talented" exactly, if nothing he's written or directed since Chronicle ever clicked?
All his movies (and series in the case of Dirk Gently) have catchy premises that probably look great on paper, but fail to manifest on screen as anything, but middling attempts at stylized "cool shit".
I end up watching all his stuff - as I said it's always catchy - and I want it to be good, but it never is. And I've noticed that this isn't only my impression - it's widely shared and for a good reason. Note that we're not talking about movies that are divisive or polarizing, which could in theory make him "misunderstood". His is straightforward "wouldn't it be really cool, if" material that just fizzles way before the end credits roll.

KurtMarch 8, 2017 9:09 AM

Instantly what I thought: holy shit, someone is taking another crack at ALIEN NATION.

Christopher WebsterMarch 8, 2017 11:59 AM

His talent is on the page. Find some of his screenplays and give them a read. He profoundly gets what movies are. There's a reason he's on the bleeding edge right now.