EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed David Ayer, the accomplished writer-director who wrapped the upcoming Warner Bros DC pic Suicide Squad and next directs Will Smith and Joel Edgerton in the Max Landis-scripted Bright. The latter film sold to Netflix in one of the biggest movie package auctions in recent years, with the streaming service committing to a $90 million package.
Ayer had been long been repped by CAA, where the former U.S. Navy submariner wrote such thrillers as Training Day, End Of Watch and Fury, the latter two of which he directed, along with Street Kings and Sabotage. Training Day, which Antoine Fuqua directed and Denzel Washington won an Oscar for starring in, was his breakthrough.
Suicide Squad, which stars Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto and Ben Affleck, opens August 5. This is a big signing.