Netflix must truly believe in its Bright movie, which, if you don't know, is the streaming service's fantasy-cop drama that debuted over the holidays. The streaming service believes in it so much so that it has green-lit a sequel.
Today, Netflix announced that it is bringing back the movie for a second iteration and reuniting stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, along with director David Ayer.
Producers Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless will also return for the sequel.
Unfortunately, not everyone will be returning for the second go-round. Writer Max Landis will be left out of the sequel, and Ayer will take over the writing duties. This won't be a first for Ayer, as he has previously taken on both writing and directing responsibilities in the past on films, including Fury and End of Watch.
Netflix took the social media route to announce the news, which you can watch in the Twitter video below. In the 44-second clip, we see a few actors dressed as Orcs auditioning for a role. The clip ends by confirming that a sequel is on the way and states the film will be "Brighter" and calls it a "Bad Boys in Mordor."
— Bright Film (@BrightNetflix) January 3, 2018
What Is 'Bright'?
For those who have somehow missed all the news covering Bright, then let us fill you in.
Bright is a supernatural, fantasy-cop drama in a fictional Los Angeles that is filled with creatures such as Elves, Orcs, Fairies, and magic wands. It follows a cop (Smith) who is reluctantly partnered up with an Orc (Edgerton). The two opposites find themselves in a battle with good and evil to protect a magical wand.
Bright is Netflix's first big feature film, which reportedly had a $90 million budget. The film featured Smith, Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, and more.
The move to make a sequel is probably shocking to many, as the film was met with harsh reviews from critics. However, Bright is the number 1 movie on Netflix in over 190 countries and is being streamed more by international viewers than domestic ones.
The Hollywood Reporter says the Nielsen rating has an average of 11 million U.S. Netflix users who streamed Bright during its first three days of release.