Today Netflix confirmed via a video clip that they will make a sequel to Will Smith’s famously panned movie
$90 million movie Bright. David Ayer will write and direct the sequel with Will Smith and Joel Edgerton expected to return and Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless set as producers.
The film was plagued with negative reviews so brutal that media wrote stories about the bad reviews, but despite the hate from critics, fans flocked to the film, making it the highest viewed Netflix film ever on the service in the first week of release, and one of the biggest originals Netflix has ever launched, with that honor including all sequels, seasons, any type of original launch. The critical/fan rift is similar to what we saw with Adam Sandler’s Netflix original releases, which had previously earned the distinction of highest viewed on the platform, and was also plagued with terrible reviews.
Bright premiered on Netflix on December 22, 2017 and is the #1 movie on Netflix in every country (190+ countries) since its release with more people viewing the film internationally than domestically.
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.