A continuation on Bright was announced after the release of the first movie released in 2017. Now, 5 years later, a sequel has now been reported to have been scrapped since the Will Smith slap-gate incident. The movie has had many updates over the years, so here’s everything we know so far Clear 2†
Released on December 22, 2017, Bright was the big new fantasy thriller starring Joel Edgerton and Will Smith. The film is set in an alternative Los Angeles where humans live alongside orcs and other mythical creatures.
At the time of release, Netflix noted that it was one of the biggest movie releases ever. Notably, the movie was released before Netflix itself reported the 2-minute or hourly stats, so we’re not exactly sure how well Bright accumulates all these years later. It was later reported that 60 million Netflix users have watched the film, although it is unclear what time period this is over.
On January 3, 2018, Netflix confirmed that a sequel would be tentatively named Bright 2 (the confirmation teaser below also jokingly suggested names like Brighter, Bad Boys in Mordor, Orcs Gone Wild, and Wand Wars).
So with all the time that has passed since the announcement, where are we with the sequel expected to see the return of Will Smith and Joel Edgerton in their respective roles. It has also been reported that the film is likely to go international in the sequel.
Timeline of development on Bright 2 so far
As we said above, we’re getting to half a decade since the first movie was released. A sequel was confirmed in early January just over four years ago. Following the announcement, Below the Line’s Find Film Work noted that “casting is already underway” as of January 8, 2018.
David Ayer was announced to write the script (although Evan Spiliotopoulos was later bought to rewrite) with Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless re-producing (the pair are working with Netflix under blanket deals).
Variety Insight reports that Grand Electric, Clubhouse Pictures and Crave Films would all return to produce the film.
2019 was a significant year for the film, and it was reportedly set to begin shooting in the summer (particularly July) of that year. That never worked, but Will Smith’s scheduling conflicts apparently caused the delays.
Of course, very little got off the ground in 2020 as COVID-19 prevented production from getting underway, seemingly leading to a rethink of the script. That was confirmed in May 2020 when Deadline revealed that David Ayer would no longer be directing the film and Louis Leterrier was being eyed for the director role.
Fast forward to 2021, we heard about Bright 2 in an all-encompassing interview with Netflix’s feature film Scott Stuber. The interview, published in late July 2021, stated: Clear 2 but not in detail saying:
“It [Netflix] is close to having a final script for “Bright 2,” which will bring back original stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton,”
Also in July 2021, ProductionWeekly stated that filming (or at least production in one form or another) would begin in the fall of 2021. We have not received confirmation that this is happening. Another addition to the production roster was TS Nowlin, who was involved with Netflix’s The Adam Project, was on the writing team. Nowlin is also known for his involvement in the maze runner movie franchise.
In the fall of 2021, Netflix released the anime spin-off Clear: Samurai Soul which was released in October 2021 with little to no fanfare. The film did not make the Netflix top 10 in any region and only has a 5.5 on IMDb.
Now let’s get into the current year, 2022.
Many feared that the project was halted or put on the back burner after a slew of Will Smith projects were canceled or halted. They are being discontinued because of Smith’s actions at the Oscars where he punched Chris Rock who told a joke at the expense of his wife. After the Oscars, IndieWire reported that Smith was still on board to reprise his role in the sequel.
By April 2022, however, all hope for the project was lost. Bloomberg reported that Will Smith’s National Geographic series Pole to Pole was delayed, but didn’t mention Bright 2. Lucas Shaw, another media writer at Bloomberg, stated on Twitter that the project has been quietly canceled, saying:†
“Netflix has also abandoned plans to make a sequel to Brightbut that is independent of the incident.”
Netflix also halted development of another Smith project in the form of the upcoming movie Fast and loose. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report on that. The Council remains the only Will Smith project now on Netflix.
Is that the end of? Bright’s story on Netflix? For now, the answer seems to be yes.
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