Netflix cancels Will Smith movie sequel

Bright 2the sequel to the 2017 Netflix film starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton will ultimately not see the light of day.

Undisputed master of legal streaming for a few years, Netflix continues to flood the world with its incessant flow of (yet unevenly) original productions. From successful series to feature films with crazy scores, the N rouge platform seems far from being weakened by the arrival of competition from Disney+, HBO Max, Paramount+ and company. And yet…

For the first time in over ten years, Netflix has lost subscribers in recent weeks. A shortness of breath which is already causing reactions from the giant, including that of calming down a little the generous expenses that it imposed on itself to differentiate itself from other platforms. A decision that could have direct and close consequences on the production of content, as already seems to be the case with the sequel planned for years of the film Bright.

Indeed, a journalist from the American media Bloomberg recently revealed on Twitter that Netflix had abandoned the idea of ​​making a sequel to the 2017 feature film :

“Netflix has also dropped plans for a Bright sequel, but the decision is believed to be unrelated to the incident.”

The incident mentioned by Lucas Shaw is obviously the one that took place during the last Oscar ceremony, namely the slap of Will Smith offered to Chris Rock after a joke deemed inappropriate by the latter against the actor’s wife. A blow of anger which had serious consequences on the career of the man, in particular vis-à-vis the Academy of the Oscars.

Little information on this cancellation, except that it is accompanied the postponement of the documentary series for National Geographic, Pole to Pole, produced by Will Smith. Complications which are then added to the pause – for once completely influenced by the slap of the actor – action films Fast and Loosewhich should have been directed by David Leitch, and the fourth part of the saga bad boys.

“Okay… we’re packing up”

The actor’s only Netflix project that survived the hurricane remains The Councilthe new feature film directed by Peter Landesman who had already collaborated with Smith on the film Alone against allin 2015. Sad news for the continuation of the laborious actioner Brightwhose success of the first was difficult to measure when it was released in 2017 since Netflix did not yet share its viewing scores.

Nevertheless, Bright was successful enough for Netflix to start production on a sequel. But between the postponements, the Covid-19 pandemic, the rewrites and the departure of director David Ayer, we can understand that the platform wanted to get rid of the weight of this Bright 2 which was seriously beginning to smell scorched. The few lovers of the first film will therefore have to console themselves with the animated spin-off released in 2021, Bright: Samurai Soulwhile waiting to perhaps see Will Smith again one day on a cinema screen.


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