Despite being called one of the worst movie of the year, Netflix has confirmed BRIGHT will be a franchise. David Ayer will write and direct the sequel with Will Smith and Joel Edgerton expected to reprise their roles. Bryan Unkeless and Eric Newman will produce. It seems the only person not to return is screenwriter Max Landis, even though his spec sold for a starling $90 million, with Landis pocketing one of the largest sums a writer has seen in years with $3.5 million.
While the film was bombed by critics, that didn’t seem to matter as Bright was the highest-viewed Netflix film ever in its first week of release with 11 million people watching opening weekend.
Here is the official synopsis for Bright:
Set in an alternate present-day, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds (Ward, a human played by Will Smith, and Jakoby, an orc played by Joel Edgerton) who embark on a routine patrol night that will ultimately alter the future as their world knows it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.
April Dawn | Editorial Intern