Bright 2 Adds Beauty and the Beast Writer
Sequel to the Netflix fantasy/buddy-cop mashup gets a new writer!
Beauty and the Beast Writer Joins Bright Sequel!
Netflix has recruited screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos to pen the script for the sequel to the action/fantasy, Bright, which starred Joel Edgarton and Will Smith as two police officers working in an alternate reality Los Angeles where all manner of magical creatures walk the warring streets. Spiliotopoulos is no stranger to the fantastical, having penned a number of Disney animated movies before writing the screenplays for the blockbuster fantasy films Beauty and the Beast and The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Max Landis wrote the initial spec script for the first film and reportedly landed quite the paycheck after igniting a bidding war, which Netflix eventually won. However, Landis won’t return for the sequel due to creative differences with director David Ayer. Aside from Suicide Squad, Ayer’s previous writing credits have been pretty consistently centered on more grounded action from Training Day to Fury, so Spiliotopoulos certainly seems like a sensible candidate to help build out the fantasy elements.
Bright premiered on the streaming service on December 22, 2017 and became the highest-viewed Netflix film ever in its first week of release, and one of the biggest originals (including sequels/additional seasons) Netflix has ever launched. Bright is the #1 movie on Netflix in every country (190+ countries) since its release with more people viewing the film internationally than domestically. However, there was a huge disparity between audiences and critics, with only 28% of Rotten Tomatoes reviews being positive, while audiences gave it an 88% positive score. Set in an alternate present-day, the action thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds (Ward, a human played by Will Smith, and Jakoby, an orc played by Joel Edgerton) who embark on a routine patrol night that will ultimately alter the future as their world knows it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything. The Netflix film stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Oliveri, and Kenneth Choi. David Ayer, Eric Newman, and Bryan Unkeless serve as producers.