‘Bright’ sequel announced, Will Smith and David Ayer expected to return

But no Max Landis.

Netflix’s Bright, a cop drama/fantasy thriller hybrid, has been one of the oddball hits this holiday season. Thoroughly panned by critics (with some voices like David Ehrlich of IndieWire calling it “The Worst Movie of 2017”) but reasonable enjoyed by the public, the film found success with strong viewership (around 11 million viewers on its first three days, according to the Nielsen Ratings). Now Netflix is interesting in pursuing a sequel based on these numbers.

The Hollywood Reporter sates that a majority of the players from the project will return, such as stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton while director David Ayer will be back int he chair again helming the ship. Producers Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless. However, writer Max Landis is will not return to write the script. As to why, who knows. Landis claims he hated what Netflix did to his original script (which apprently went through a minor rewrite by Ayer) but due to him being yet another celebrity with power being accused of sexual misconduct, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was more of the latter than him being mad at Netflix to not be part of the sequel. Instead, Ayer will be taking up these duties as well.

I was not a fan of the movie myself. Despite some slick effects and an earnest performance by the always reliable Joel Edgerton, the film is stuck has a shambling, underdeveloped screenplay laced with bad dialogue and poor world building. Here’s hoping the sequel does better that the original mess.