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'Bright' Sequel on Netflix in Works After Big Splash

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Joel Edgerton and Will Smith in the fantasy thriller "Bright." (Netflix via IMDb)

By    |   Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:14 AM

A "Bright" sequel on Netflix is in the works after the Will Smith-driven big budget streaming moving was viewed by 11 million people over its first three days of release.

The fantasy-action film premiered Dec. 22 and was touted by Netflix as its highest-viewed original film on the service during its launch week, Variety reported. "Bright" was the top viewed movie in every country and actually had more international viewers than domestic.

The film, which didn’t get critics' support, was heavy on social commentary, drawing parallels from real-life class and racial divisions and the tension between the different races of mythical creatures in the film, Variety stated.

The Hollywood Reporter said "Bright," made for $90 million, paired Smith and Joel Edgerton as a human and mythical Orc cop, respectively, who team up to stop a magical force from impacting the city.

"What's great with Netflix, this is the type of movie you couldn't have even made anywhere else," Smith told THR in December before its streaming debut. "This is a rated-R hard, violent $100-plus million-dollar movie. No studio is making that. For Netflix, it's like an outlet for a kind of creation that you wouldn't be able to do anywhere."

TechCrunch reported that seven million of the 11 million viewers were in the 18-49 years old demographic, according to Nielson. The rating service said that 56 percent of the viewers were male and 44 percent were female.

Producer Eric Newman told THR there are plenty of areas that can be explored with other "Bright" movies.

"Were there to be another film, there's certainly enough material unexplored within the world that David (Ayer, director) and Max (Landis, screenwriter) have created where we can continue to explore it," Newman said in December.

Ayer also directed Smith in the movie "Suicide Squad," the 2016 movie that made $325.1 million in theaters, according to Box Office Mojo.com.

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