Following the success of "Bright," Netflix is moving forward with a sequel. Will Smith and Joel Edgerton are attached to reprise their roles, with David Ayer returning to write and direct the second installment.Writer Max Landis won't be back for the next film. Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless are set as producers.Netflix teased the announcement with a video of orcs auditioning for the sequel. The characters have been a significant component of the film's promotions."ANNOUNCEMENT: Orc auditions for the @BrightNetflix sequel are now...
The director/producer/screenwriter just had the biggest commercial hit of his career with “Suicide Squad,” which has grossed over $740 million worldwide against a reported budget of $175 million. A blockbuster without the usual bluster and a superhero movie without the usual heroes, its anti-hero attitude proved irresistible to fans despite largely negative reviews.
But then Ayer has always excelled at blurring the lines between the bad guys and the good guys and creating intense –and tense – situations with his distinctive, anarchic, immersive style in such hard-core films as “Training Day,” for which Denzel Washington won the Academy Award for Best Actor, “Fury,” “Sabotage,” “Harsh Times” and “End of Watch.”
The Illinois native spent time in the grittier sections of South Central L.A., enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and then channeled those experiences into his early writing, including the screenplays for “U-571,” “The Fast and the Furious,” “Dark Blue,” and “S.W.A.T.”
Reality has always been his touchstone; “When I did “Fury,” it was all about historical accuracy and recreating WW11, and with “Suicide Squad” I wanted to give it this real, gritty feel that I like as a director and ground the fantastical as much as possible in reality.” Next up is cop thriller “Bright” with Will Smith.