Filmmaker David Ayer has provided us with some great films and a couple of well…not so great films. From classics such as Training Day to the critically panned Suicide Squad, he still maintains himself as a prominent filmmaker in the crime and action genre. He’s back now with news of a sequel to Bright (god knows why) but before that he’ll be teaming up with Shia Labeouf for his upcoming crime thriller Tax Collector.
Ayer has teamed up with Labeouf before with the well received Fury and will do so again in this new gritty thriller before he returns to the fantasy crime setting of Bright according to Deadline. Tax Collector will be reminiscent to his more acclaimed works such as the masterful cop thriller End of Watch and Training Day. Not much has been revealed about the plot of the film but it will be produced by Cross Creek Pictures, the studio behind Rush and Black Swan along with Ayer and Chris Long’s Cedar Park Entertainment.
It’s great to see Ayer focusing on something worthwhile instead of a sequel to a s**t film. Labeouf himself, despite his antics is a really good actor. His role in Even Stevens was phenomenal…. Okay, but in all seriousness, he has been fairly good in recent years and has taken up some interesting projects. His recent efforts in smaller films such as American Honey and Ayer’s Fury earned him praise, the latter of which saw him going method.
Ayer’s return to his roots does seem like a good sign but it’s best to proceed with caution especially since the director has even provided some underwhelming films in that department. Granted, he has provided some visceral action scenes, sometimes laden with gratuitous violence through the likes of films like Sabotage but for the most part he has delivered. If we’re lucky, maybe he’ll forget all about the Bright sequel which probably will be put on hold or at least secondary to the production of Tax Collector.