*Following the ratings success of its original film “Bright,” Netflix has confirmed that a sequel is in the works, with Will Smith and Joel Edgerton expected to reprise their roles.
David Ayer will return to write and direct the second installment. Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless are set as producers, the streaming service announced.
Netflix teased the announcement with a video of orcs auditioning for the sequel.
— Netflix US (@netflix) January 3, 2018
Nielsen recently announced that the first film, which premiered on Dec. 22, was viewed by 11 million people over three days. Netflix said it was the highest-viewed original film ever on the service in its launch week and one of the biggest originals it has ever debuted. They also added that “Bright” is the No. 1 movie on Netflix in every country, with more viewers internationally than domestically.
“Bright” stars Smith and Edgerton as two LAPD police officers — one human, one orc, respectively — who are paired together in an alternate universe populated by fantastical creatures in addition to humans. The film was overwhelmingly panned by critics for being too heavy-handed with its parallels between real-life class and racial divisions and the tension between the different races of mythical creatures in the film.
The film was written by Max Landis and reportedly cost Netflix $90 million to produce.