When Bright premiered in 2017, the Netflix original set a then-record of 11 million viewers in the first three days and 60 million viewers in its first week. The record has since been broken by the Chris Hemsworth action-thriller Extraction with an estimated 90 million, but these numbers can be attributed to the fact that the coronavirus has kept the bulk of the population at home, allowing for more eyes to be glued to their TV sets. The point being, the huge numbers for Bright began talks in early 2018 for a sequel. Now Bright 2 is moving forward.
THE TEAM MAKING BRIGHT 2
The original Bright was directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad) from a script by Max Landis (Victor Frankenstein, upcoming An American Werewolf In London) but only Ayer will return in a limited role. For his part, Ayer wrote the script for Bright 2 with Evan Spiliotopoulos and a rewrite was completed by T.S. Nowlin.
While Ayer wanted to be a larger part of the sequel, he is off gearing up to begin a potential new franchise of his own with a remake of the 1967 classic The Dirty Dozen.
With Ayer out, Netflix needed a new director to bring the continuing story to fruition in Bright 2. Enter Louis Leterrier. Leterrier comes aboard with an impressive resume that includes The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans, Now You See Me, and The Brothers Grimsby. Leterrier also directed all ten episodes of the series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, where he was the executive producer.
Bright, the original, starred Will Smith and Joel Edgerton (The Thing, Zero Dark Thirty) as two mismatched crime fighters. Smith played a detective and Edgerton an Orc. It was set in a world where humans co-existed with other races (orcs and elves) and where magic is real, though only a few (Brights) can handle rare magic wands without dying.
This pairing looks to be returning for Bright 2 as Smith and Edgerton are both expected to reprise their roles. There is no word on any other actors coming back.
Not much to go on here, though it is rumored that Bright 2 will take the crime fighters to an international stage. And that’s as far as that goes.
We do know (SPOILER) that Smith’s character is a Bright after he took hold of a magic wand, expecting it to blow up in his hands. When it didn’t, the possibilities of more stories and an expansion of the Bright world increased immensely. It will be interesting to see where Leterrier and crew take Smith and Edgerton.
BRIGHT 2’S RELEASE DATE
With the streaming service Netflix only recently announcing Bright 2, they did not offer a release date. But with the script already complete, expect production of the movie to ramp up as soon as Hollywood gets the green light to begin production on movies again.
With as poorly as Bright was received by critics (28% favorable on Rotten Tomatoes) it is quite surprising that Netflix would go for a second helping. Goes to show you what 60 million viewers in a one-week time span can accomplish.