Netflix officially confirms Bright sequel
Netflix has officially confirmed that they are pursuing a sequel to their fantasy hit Bright, although according to The Hollywood Reporter, it will be missing one key element. The streamer shared a video on YouTube early Wednesday announcing the expected sequel, which will reportedly be written by director David Ayer as opposed to the first movie's screenwriter Max Landis.
Bright starred Will Smith as Scott Ward, a human cop who patrols a dystopian world where humans and mystical creatures have lived together since the beginning of time. Ward becomes the partner of Jakoby (Joel Egerton), the first orc to join the police force, and together they must stop a powerful magic wand from destroying humanity. The film also starred Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, and Ike Barinholtz.
The movie received a mostly negative reaction from critics, but it was still very popular for the streamer, pulling in an estimated 11 million viewers in just three days. The movie, which cost a reported $90 million to make, is also the number one film on Netflix in over 190 countries, with its popularity higher overseas than at home.
The sequel, which was reportedly ordered before the film debuted, is said to bring back Smith, Egerton, and Ayer, along with producers Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless. Landis, who was reportedly paid between $3 and $4 million to pen the original script, is likely to sit out, with Ayer writing and directing as he did for Fury and End of Watch.
Netflix confirmed the sequel with a joking video featuring orcs auditioning to be a part of the follow-up. The also offered up some humorous potential titles for the second outing, including Bright 2, Brighter, Bad Boys in Mordor, Orcs Gone Wild, The Last Inferni, and Wand Wars. "Ok… title still needs work," they admitted at the end of the clip.
The sequel for Bright does not have a premiere date yet.