The early response to the new Netflix movie ‘Bright‘ has been mixed, to say the least, but that hasn’t stopped the streaming giant from ordering a sequel. Penned by Max Landis, directed by David Ayer (‘Suicide Squad’) with Will Smith in the starring role it would seem like a no-brainer that this could be a fun film. Reviews are across the board though with some calling this the worst mainstream film of 2017 and others praising it as Will Smith’s return to quality movies.
No matter how it pans out to critics and audiences though, Netflix has plans for bringing Smith back for another going as a police officer in a fantasy world that includes orcs, fairies, and more.
In order to take blockbusters to the bank at multiplexes, Netflix has already pushed for the follow up:
“Bright” is the company’s first attempt at a big-budget Hollywood production, bringing together a bona fide movie star in a fantasy, buddy-cop tale that could have come from any studio playbook. Directed by David Ayer, who also made “Suicide Squad,” it’s a warning shot to studios and theater owners that Netflix is targeting a big chunk of the $38.6 billion global box office. To underscore the commitment, the company has already ordered a sequel with Smith signed on.”
This could be the first cinematic franchise for Netflix and is a gamble that they believe will pay off. It is hard to bet against them though as time after time almost anything Netflix has touched has turned to gold and this is one of their biggest gambles so far.
If you’ve somehow missed what the movie is about, here is the synopsis of what to expect:
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.
This isn’t the first film that Netflix has produced but it is the first which could potentially be a blockbuster and start off its own series.
Are you looking forward to ‘Bright’ when it debuts this weekend? Do you think that there will be enough of a draw to tune in for a second showing? Share your thoughts below!