Ahead of the arrival of its first feature film Bright, Netflix had already announced that the film would receive a sequel. At the time, it was assumed that both director David Ayer and writer Max Landis would be attached to the second film, but in the case of Landis, that’s no longer the case.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ayer himself will be handling scripting duties over Landis for the sequel. Prior to the film’s release, Landis’ script was paid $3 or $4 million for it in 2016 in a bidding war that ultimately went to Netflix. It’s unknown if Landis’ departure is related to the largely negative reviews panning his script, or the recent sexual assault and harassment allegations that came out against him shortly before the film’s release. Despite the tepid critical response, that didn’t stop 11 million viewers from watching Bright the weekend that it came out.
The film itself takes place in an alternate universe where magical creatures such as Orcs and fairies live together with humans in Los Angeles. Will Smith plays human cop Daryl Ward who winds up with the first Orc cop, Nick Jakoby, played by Joel Edgerton. In addition to Ayer, Smith is set to return for the sequel as well.
On Netflix now, Bright stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, and Ike Barinholtz.