Bright 2 was announced following the release of the first film in 2017. It’s now been 5 years and there are now reports that one more poem has been deleted since the Will Smith incident. The film has undergone several revisions over the years, so here’s what we know about Bright 2 so far.
Released on December 22, 2017, Bright is a big new legend starring Joel Edgerton and Will Smith. The film is set in another area of Los Angeles where people live near orcs and other mythical creatures.
At launch, Netflix noted that it was one of the biggest movies of all time. The movie came out before Netflix reported its own 2-minute stats or hourly stats, so, we’re not sure how Bright stacks up after all these years.
It was later reported that 60 million Netflix subscribers were watching the film, but it was unclear. On January 3, 2018, Netflix confirmed that the sequel will officially return, titled Bright 2 (the confirmation text below also includes some interesting names like Brighter, Bad Boys in Mordor, Orcs Gone Wild, and Wand Wars).
Bright 2 schedule:
Well, little has happened in 2020 with production not continuing due to COVID-19, which seems to have led to a rethinking of the text. This was confirmed in May 2020, with deadlines revealing that David Ayer would no longer be directing the film, while Louis Leterrier was very interested in the director’s role.
In July 2021, Production Weekly stated that filming (or at least production in some way) will continue in the fall of 2021. We are not sure what happened. Another addition to the production list is that TS Nowlin, a participant in Netflix’s Adam Project, is a member of the writing team.
Nowlin is also known for his work on the Maze Runner film series. In the fall of 2021, Netflix released the animated spin-off “Light: Soul of the Samurai,” which was released in October 2021 without fans. The film failed to crack Netflix’s top 10 in any region, with a mere 5.5 on IMDb.
Many fear the project could be suspended or caught on fire following a string of canceled or suspended Will Smith projects. They were suspended for Smith’s behavior at the Oscars, in which he slapped Chris Rock, who told an abusive wife joke. After the Oscars, IndieWire reported that Smith was still involved in the follow-up.
By April 2022, however, all hopes were dashed. Bloomberg reports that Will Smith’s National Geographic series “Polar to Pole” has been delayed, but there is no mention of “Bright 2.” Another Bloomberg correspondent, Lucas Shaw, tweeted that the project had been quietly canceled: “Netflix also turned down plans to make ‘Bright’ a sequel, but that has nothing to do with the event.” The release of the film “Fast and Loose” in the form of a pause in the development of another Smith project. A Hollywood Reporter first posted the news. Council remains the only Will Smith project currently on Netflix.