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Netflix is one of the go-to destinations for streaming TV shows, both from other networks and those original to the service. But since 2015, Netflix has also thrown its proverbial hat into the movie ring, churning out numerous feature-length tales. However, Netflix's biggest blockbuster venture yet is unquestionably Bright, the fantasy action movie starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. We're only two days away from Bright's release, but it's been announced that a sequel is already on the way.
To prove how committed it is to putting out more Hollywood-style productions, it was revealed on Bloomberg that Netflix has ordered Bright 2. Aside from Will Smith already being signed on to reprise LAPD Officer Daryl Ward, no other details about Bright 2 were revealed, but it means that for those of you who end up liking Bright, you have another story to look forward to. This will mark the third collaboration between Smith and director David Ayer, the two of them first working together on Suicide Squad, where Smith played Floyd Lawton, a.k.a. Deadshot.
Set in an alternate, contemporary Earth where magic and fantasy creatures like orcs, fairies, elves and more live alongside humans, Bright follows Darryl Ward being partnered with Joel Egerton's Nick Jakoby, an orc officer. Initially the two of them don't get along, but they soon have to put aside their differences upon learning that a magical wand has found its way onto the streets of Los Angeles. It will be up to them to secure this artifact before it ends up in the wrong hands. Along with Smith and Edgerton, Bright's main cast includes Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Happy Anderson, Kenneth Choi and Margaret Cho. However, it's unclear which of these faces will be back alongside Smith for Bright 2.
Although Bright is currently Netflix's most expensive film production, being made off a $90 million budget, it won't be long before that it has that honor stripped away. 2019 will see the release of Martin Scorsese's The Irishman (originally a Paramount release), which has a $125 million price tag on it thanks to hiring actors like Robert de Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Ray Romano and more, as well as Scorses planning on using CGI to de-age some of the actors Rogue One-style. However, depending on how well Bright is received and how many people watch it, perhaps Netflix will agree to giving Bright 2 a bigger budget more comparable to what The Irishman was given.
You can watch Bright on Netflix starting December 22, and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for updates concerning the sequel. Read through our 2018 Netflix guide to see what the streaming giant has coming up next year, and for those of you who enjoy watching movies in a traditional setting, you can find release date information for the next 12 months in our 2018 premiere guide.