Just weeks after the release of their most expensive original film to date, Netflix has already green-lit a sequel. The company announced today that its action-fantasy movie, Bright, will be back for a second chapter.
The first film, which was released by Netflix on December 22, stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton in a unique version of Los Angeles.
It resembles the world we know but is also populated by a number of fantasy creatures, such as orcs, elves, dragons, fairies, and more.
Edgerton plays the world’s first Orc police officer, paired up with a reluctant police veteran (played by Smith) to retrieve a powerful magic wand.
The big budget film cost a reported $90 million to make and is more typical of the kind of summer blockbusters you’d expect to see at the cineplex.
— Netflix US (@netflix) January 3, 2018
Critics trashed Bright when it was released, but it’s apparently been a huge success for the streaming platform, considering the fast sequel plans.
Netflix is notoriously secretive about its viewership figures but says Bright was the most-viewed film in its first week that they’ve ever released.
Nielsen, which has recently started tracking Netflix viewers, claims more than 11 million U.S. households watched the film in its first three days of release.
Smith and Edgerton are expected to return for the sequel, with director David Ayer returning to both write and direct the follow-up.
The sequel announcement was made on Twitter with a tongue-in-cheek video poking fun at various criticisms the film has received.
One of the Orc characters in the video says Bright reminds him of the 1988 film Alien Nation and also references the role-playing game, Shadowrun, which takes place in a similar setting. The video also teases possible titles for the sequel, including Brighter, Bad Boys in Mordor, Orcs Gone Wild, The Last Inferni, Wand Wars, or simply Bright 2.