Netflix has officially green lit a sequel to the fantasy cop drama, Bright, which debuted on the streaming platform in December last year.
Netflix Confirms 'Bright' Sequel
Netflix made the sequel announcement in epic style. The streaming service shared a video clip of a mock audition tape with "orc" actors trying out for a role in the upcoming film.
The streaming giant had already ordered a sequel before the David Ayer-directed film's premiere but after the Will Smith and Joel Edgerton-starrer was lambasted by critics, there was some doubt over whether the sequel would see the light of day, until now.
The fact that Netflix is moving ahead with the sequel does not come as a surprise. After all, Bright is Netflix's "highest viewed Netflix film ever on the service in its first week of release and one of the biggest originals (including sequels/additional seasons) Netflix has ever launched."
The film, which was made with a production budget of $90 million, was viewed by 11 million people within the first three days of its release, making it more popular than sophomore season of The Crown.
Bright follows the story of a Los Angeles-based cop (played by Smith) who partners up with an Orc (Edgerton) to find a powerful magic wand that everyone is prepared to kill for in a world populated by mythical creatures.
Cast And Crew
The Suicide Squad director is set to return to direct the film with Smith and Edgerton reprising their roles as the human cop Ward and his Orc partner Jakoby, respectively.
Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless will serve as producers on the project. No release date has been announced for the upcoming sequel yet.
One key collaborator who will not be returning for Netflix's follow-up is screenwriter Max Landis. Landis earned a $3 million to $4 million paycheck for his screenplay in 2016 and still failed to impress the critics. The 32-year-old was also recently accused of sexual assault, so it's understandable why Netflix would have Ayer replace Landis as the upcoming film's writer.
This isn't the first time Ayer has taken on responsibilities of both writer and director in his films. He has done it films including the World War II-themed film Fury and the cop drama End of Watch.
Check out Netflix's announcement below:
— Netflix US (@netflix) January 3, 2018