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Netflix orders Bright sequel, writer Max Landis is not involved

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David Ayer set as writer, director

Despite almost unanimous negative critical attention, Netflix is moving forward with a sequel to its first big blockbuster, Bright.

The company confirmed today that it is expanding the franchise, although original writer Max Landis will not be involved with the project. David Ayer, who directed Bright, will pen the script. Ayer has some screenwriting experience under his belt, being credited as a writer on Fury, End of Watch and Training Day. Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, the two leading actors who played a pair of Los Angeles Police Department cops, will return, according to Netflix.

Bright takes place in a fantastical version of Los Angeles where society is separated into three races: the elite Elves, middle-class humans and impoverished Orcs. Nick Jakoby (Edgerton) is the first Orc police officer, who must overcome prejudice from both outside and inside the police force as he fights crime with his human partner, Daryl Ward (Smith).

Netflix released Bright on Dec. 22, 2017, and it was the “highest viewed Netflix film ever on the service in its first week of release,” according to the company.

Bright, which we called “the cinematic embodiment of a busted, spewing sewage pipe,” is available to stream on Netflix now.