The sequel to Will Smith and Joel Edgerton-starrer Bright is moving ahead.
Netflix has lined up the director and writer set to bring the follow-up to life. According to THR, director David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch) is returning at the helm, with a change up in screenwriter.
Chronicle scribe Max Landis penned the first film and was reportedly paid around $US3 million to $US4 million by Netflix for the rights. Apparently Landis and Ayer had disagreements regarding creative choices, leading to the decision to part ways for the follow-up. Writing the screenplay this time around is Evan Spiliotopoulos, whose credits include Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast film and Universal’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War.
Both Will Smith and Joel Edgerton are expected to reprise their roles as cops Daryl Ward and Orc Nick Jakoby, respectively.
Bright, which cost around $US90 million make, was one of Netflix’s first big titles crafted to compete in the blockbuster realm. While the streaming giant keeps its ratings and viewing data under wraps, US audience ratings firm Neilsen claimed that around 11 million U.S. users watched the film in its first three days on Netflix, although you can expect the overall number to be much higher since that doesn’t take into account people who streamed the movie via computers and mobile devices.
Although the film didn’t fare too well with most of the critics, we liked it quite a bit. You can check out our review HERE.