Netflix had two surprises for fans this week, clips of “Death Note” and Will Smith’s “Bright”. The two clips hit the internet just as the video-streaming service entertains San Diego Comic-Con fans, and offer a great look at the new movies.
“Death Note” is based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (you can actually grab an impressive box-set of the work for about $60 on Amazon). The film follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life. “Death Note” is set to hit Netflix on August 25th, and features Margaret Qualley, Lakeith Stanfield, and the voice of Willem Dafoe.
“Bright” is set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) 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. You can watch the preview clip below.
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. The film is directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis. David Ayer, Eric Newman, and Bryan Unkeless serve as producers.
The film will be released December 2017 on Netflix.