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The “worst film of 2017” is getting a sequel.
Yep, that’s right, there’s going to be more Orc-bashing action-nonsense from Will Smith and Joel Edgerton as Bright 2 is currently in development.
And whilst it was believed that director David Ayer and writer Max Landis would both return for this second outing, it has emerged recently that Landis has exited the project.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Landis is out and Evan Spiliotopoulos (of Beauty and the Beast 2017 fame) will take his place.
Spiliotopoulos will write the script, whilst Ayer assumes the role of director once more. Apparently, Landis is said to have left the project due to “creative differences” with Ayer. For his original script in 2016, Landis was paid somewhere in the region of $3-4 million.
The original movie is one of Netflix‘s most-viewed original titles, with some (estimated) 7 million US viewers (within the 18-49 demographic) watching the movie within its opening weekend. It’s difficult to know just how many people actually viewed Bright initially as Netflix still does not officially release viewership figures, but it didn’t take long for the sequel to receive the green light.
Starring Will Smith as Daryl Ward and Joel Edgerton as Nick Jakoby, the first Orc-cop in an alternate universe where Orcs and Fairies live alongside humans. As is the usual trope, the Orcs are looked at as being the “inferior” race, the Fairies being equal to royalty or social elite, and the humans being somewhere in the middle. The movie was criticised for a thinly veiled attempt at incorporating racial prejudices into the narrative and doing a less-than-stellar job at handling the issues.