While Netflix's Bright scored low with critics, it won over audiences and became one of the highest viewed original movies on the streaming platform. Next, Netflix is slated to release a follow-up to the sci-fi buddy cop flick.
The original film follows two cops Daryl Ward (Will Smith) and Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) as they go through a Training Day–esque day in Los Angeles. But instead of gang members and drugs, the two must confront murderous elves, troublesome fairies, orc discrimination, and a wish-granting relic. It's an expansive world, but the film's co-star, Joel Edgerton, thinks it can grow even bigger.
"I got the sense from [director David Ayer] that he might take it to a new setting, which I think would be cool to see. I personally was most curious of what was happening outside of Los Angeles, and obviously the world at large is populated by similar characters and how does that affect other cities? I think it’d be awesome to have a look at that," he said in an interview with Collider. "It’s interesting where do Daryl and Nick go now that they’ve had that experience. Is Jacoby now suddenly more accepted because he went through that experience, or is he going to go back to work on Monday and have people mistreat him?"
As for the criticism, Edgerton thinks Bright is "maybe a movie that needs to be reviewed by public opinion rather than viewed through the highbrow prism of film criticism.”
Only time will tell what Bright 2 will bring to Netflix. In the meantime, fans can catch Edgerton in the Jennifer Lawrence–led sci-fi film, Red Sparrow, while Will Smith lives his best life on Instagram.