In 2017, Netflix debuted the film Bright, an urban fantasy cop picture where humans and orcs struggle to solve crime in a contemporary world of magic and monsters. The film starred Will Smith as the bitter human cop and Joel Edgerton as the curious orc assigned to be his partner. They find themselves on the run from orc gangsters and an elf mafia as they try to solve the mystery of a dangerous magical wand.
Don’t remember it? Here’s a quick refresher:
Set in an alternate present-day, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds (Ward, a human played by Will Smith, and Jakoby, an orc played by Joel Edgerton) who embark on a routine patrol night that will ultimately alter the future as their world knows it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.
Directed by David Ayer, the film was a critical disaster, but became a big hit on the platform and essentially launching Netflix’s prime release date of Christmas being a great time for online streaming ratings. So it’s not too surprising that this fantasy film which failed to impress most critics would receive a sequel. Ayer, however, will not be returning for this project as he’s currently busy with his remake of The Dirty Dozen. Instead, director Louis Leterrier, best known for directing The Incredible Hulk and Now You See Me, will be taking on the task of returning to an urban setting of orcs, elves, wands, and fairies.
Filming for the sequel was originally set for March, but production has predictably been pushed back due to the Coronavirus outbreak. So there’s no telling when Bright 2 will hit Netflix, although it’s certain to say it won’t be debuting this year.