A 'Bright' Sequel Is Coming & Here's Everything We Know About It

Ad failed to load

It wasn't too long ago that Netflix ratings were a mystery to all, with those who ran the streaming service keeping numbers close to the chest. But in the last year that veil of secrecy has been lifted. According to Nielsen, Netflix's latest major movie release, Bright, pulled in 11 million viewers on opening weekend, and 7 million over Christmas. To that end, it not a major surprise to learn that a Bright sequel is coming. Netflix greenlit the sequel this week.

Eleven million over three days is nothing to sneeze at. For a streaming service, those are pretty decent numbers. Most of Netflix's major offerings rank around the same level as HBO's programming, with opening weekend bringing in viewers in the 2 to 6 million range. (The Crown Season 2, for example, averaged 3 million on the first weekend. Orange Is The New Black's latest season averaged 6.7 million.)

But for context, Netflix's first foray into making an A-list level blockbuster wasn't nearly as successful as they might have hoped either. Despite the Will Smith marquee name, pedigreed writer Max Landis, and director of Suicide Squad David Ayer all on board, Bright landed far behind the much less high-end listed cast and crew of Stranger Things 2. That averaged 15.8 million, which is verging on Game of Thrones level numbers.

Ad failed to load

Netflix's new habit of not greenlighting everything to automatic sequel hit Stranger Things pretty hard: The show dropped on Oct. 29, but the renewal didn't come until nearly three months later. But here's Bright, with only two-thirds of those numbers and it's getting greenlit within a few-week span.

To be fair, Netflix also didn't need to give Stranger Things a vote of confidence, but the numbers, the enthusiasm, the Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe nominations, speak for themselves. Bright, on the other hand, was slammed by critics. While audiences may have watched in droves, the reviews were brutal, with a 28 percent favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Twitter was no kinder, with many seeming to be watching for the hater factor than the enjoyment.

Ad failed to load

For those who have not seen it, here's the synopsis:

In an alternate present day, humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time. Two police officers, one a human, the other an orc, embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which, in the wrong hands, could destroy everything.
Netflix on YouTube
Ad failed to load

But Netflix believes in Bright and has greenlit a sequel, which I'll call Bright 2, for lack of anything better. Will Smith will be back Will Smithing it up all over the place, as he is paid to do. His sidekick orc, played by Joel Edgerton, will be by his side for the second ride. Director David Ayer is also aboard for the sequel. There's just one person they'll be missing: Max Landis, who wrote the original script. Ayer will apparently be taking that over, giving critics a whole new person to slam instead when the sequel arrives.

Even before Bright debuted, it was probably inevitable that Netflix would greenlight a sequel. This is the first major foray into "tent pole" moviemaking, and a tent pole isn't a tent pole if it's a standalone. The Hollywood Reporter suggested Netflix waited to see the numbers before making anything official, but it was pretty much assured that Bright would have had to crash and burn hard before they canceled it.

How the sequel does will be the real test of Netflix's new venture. Until then, we'll have to hope the alternate universe of Los Angeles stays relatively crime free.

Ad failed to load

Must Reads

The Travel Accessory You Need This Summer, According To Your Zodiac Sign

Leaving behind your hometown and exploring the great beyond is one of the most important things you'll ever do in your lifetime. It breaks the monotony of your daily routine, pushes you out of your comfort zone, and forces you to appreciate a world c…
By Roya Backlund

6 Commitment-Free Ways To Change Up Your Look After A Breakup, If You Feel Like It

I'm married and not breaking up (I just had to clarify before I get a call from my husband wondering what's going on). However, if for some reason we ever did separate (again, not happening!), I've imagined I'd have this Eat, Pray, Love moment where …
By Stephanie Montes

Here's Everything That's Leaving Netflix In June

Summer is here, and with it comes plenty of opportunity to binge watch more movies and TV shows that we never knew we needed in our lives. May has passed by in a blink of an eye, so I definitely need to catch up on what Netflix is getting rid of afte…
By Kristen Perrone

Cherry Print Is One Of Summer's Biggest Fashion Trends & It's So Much Sweeter Than Florals

If there's one thing that I've had my eye on this summer it's a cool, flirty cherry-print dress. Along with versatile black tops and blue denim, the color red has become a staple in my wardrobe this year and anytime I can infuse it into my daily look…
By Ariana Marsh

13 Must-Have Experiences You Should Buy In Your 20s, Instead Of A New Couch

Life is one big experience. When you hit your 20s, though, you start getting pulled in the direction of your responsibilities. It isn't totally a bad thing, but you don't want to get so wrapped into adulting that you forget life's zest. Amazing exper…
By Jasmine Vaughn-Hall

I Tried Kim Kardashian's Weird Beauty Obsession & I Can't Stop Taking Selfies

You've been there before: You're scrolling through your Instagram feed when you see your favorite celeb post about their favorite new product — a face serum, vitamins that will make your skin brighter, or a specialty food service. You can't help but …
By Stephanie Montes

Where You Should Vacation This Summer, According To Your Zodiac Sign

Summer is so much more than just sweating in 90 degree weather and enjoying a long, lazy break from school (if you're lucky enough to still be in school). It's a time for making exciting new plans, falling madly and hopelessly in love, opening your m…
By Roya Backlund

Wander or Bust: The Amalfi Coast May Just Be The Most Beautiful Thing You'll Ever See

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Kaylin Pound

6 Brutally Honest Phases Of Life After A Breakup, Because You Will Survive 

If you've ever been through a bad breakup, you know that the struggle is real. For the weeks (or possibly months, if it was a really bad one) that follow, life can be rough, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Don't believe me? Just l…
By Rachel Shatto

Here's How You Can Find Out What Your Aura Color Is

Do you remember that movie Almost Famous? More specifically, the scene where William is trying to have a phone call with his mom, but a clairvoyant Band-Aid keeps shouting "Your aura is purple!" in his face? Well, that was the first time I had ever h…
By Roya Backlund

9 Women In Their 20s Reflect On The Advice They Wish They Had At Graduation

Graduating college can feel seriously scary. You've spent your entire life in school, working and preparing for the moment you enter the real world, but what happens when you get there? What if things don't go totally according to plan? You may have …
By Brittney Morgan

3 Early Signs You Are Going To Have Undeniable Chemistry With Your Crush

I don't know if there's anything better than the excitement of having a new crush — especially when that feeling's reciprocated. The butterflies that rush through your stomach as soon as they enter a room. The electricity that zips through your veins…
By Genevieve Wheeler

Emoji Pool Floats Are Here To Match Every Mood You’re In This Summer

Searching for the perfect poolside accessory to lounge around in this summer? This year’s hottest warm weather water trend isn’t a big floppy hat or designer sunglasses — it’s an emoji pool float. That’s right: Your favorite little digital expression…
By Rachel Murphy

Here's How Your Mood & Your Favorite Music Are Secretly Connected, According To Science

If you're someone who's likely to be found with ear buds in her ears at all times, you might not realize just how often you listen to music, or the ways in which it's really affecting you. From your morning commute to the tunes you blast while you co…
By Caroline Burke

This Is How Long It Takes For A Partner To Really Trust You, According To Experts

Trust is easily one of the most important parts of a healthy relationship, but typically, it's not something that's fully there from the start because it takes some time to build. How long it takes for a partner to trust you is a question that doesn'…
By Tayi Sanusi

7 Things You Forgot To Thank Your High School Friends For & Should ASAP

Friends are a dime a dozen, but a solid, genuine group of girlfriends can be difficult to come by. When you find your tribe, you need to stick with them until the end. For some lucky people, your high school friends have been your besties since day o…
By Rachel Chapman

These 3 Zodiac Signs Will Have The Best Week, So Bask In The Glory

It's officially the second week of May, and the warmth of spring has finally arrived. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the bright weather is allowing everyone to finally break out their favorite pair of shorts. If you think the gorgeou…
By Roya Backlund

7 Men Reveal What Attracted Them To Their Last Crush & They'll Make You Swoon

He reminded me of Nate Archibald from Gossip Girl. That's legitimately what I found appealing about my most recent crush. Sorry, but it doesn't get any deeper than that. In other instances though, when I'm not trying to live out my lustful, adolescen…
By Sydnee Lyons

A Relationship Expert Reveals His Long-Distance Relationship Survival Guide

"Long-distance relationships are extremely relaxing and easy to navigate," said no one in a long-distance relationship ever. Whether you are bicoastal babes or a quick two-hour train ride apart, distance makes the heart grow fonder, but it also makes…
By Kimmy Foskett