If we're going to be swell, honest friends to David Ayer, we should probably tell him that he should've never left the crime film arena. Suicide Squad is ass booty. Bright is worse. But the paychecks are probably great, so we're getting Bright 2 from the bro-y orc auteur, a movie we'll all certainly approach with the half-hearted shrug it deserves.
Thankfully, Ayer seems to miss making crime movies, as it was just announced that he'll be returning to that gritty universe with Tax Collector, which is set to start shooting in Los Angeles next month. There aren't any details regarding the plot as of yet, but the last time we got an action/crime film with an accounting reference in the name, we received the bonkers Ben Affleck assassin movie The Accountant, which will live on trash lovers' hearts for the rest of time.
While the story details may be non-existent for Tax Collector thus far - though, with Ayer writing and directing, we're sure it'll revolve around some gnarly AF happenings - the main reason to get excited for the project is that it reunites the filmmaker with his Fury ensemble member Shia LaBeouf. Seeing how that movie is one of the best works contained on both of their resumes (and somewhat undervalued in general), the notion of them making another movie together is pretty thrilling.
Say what you will about LaBeouf's art projects and off-screen antics, but he's still one of the most fascinating performers working today. His turn as John McEnroe in this year's severely underseen Borg Vs. McEnroe is only further proof of this, as he brings a real live-wire intensity to the tennis legend. Toss in his magnetic, lecherous role in Andrea Arnold's American Honey from 2016, and you have an artist who's obviously being choosy about the roles he takes, looking for new ways to challenge himself as an actor.
As for Ayer, hopefully Tax Collector is a total "one for me" scenario, where he parlays all the hard work he's been doing on fluffy genre nothingness into a real nasty crime thriller. If he's able to give us anything remotely approaching the ugly pulp of Sabotage, this writer will be one happy film fan. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.