Will Smith stars in one of Netflix’s first big-budget original films, Bright, which was released back in 2017. There were plans for a sequel to the film, which would recreate Will Smith and Joel Edgerton in another film. We learn from Comicbook.com that Netflix is canceling the sequel in light of the Will Smith controversy.
The last update made about a sequel to Bright came last summer when a report revealed that the script was being tweaked and that Netflix expected Will Smith and Joel Edgerton to return. Even director David Ayer was linked to returning for a time, but dropped out as development continued to stall.
The fallout from Will Smith’s slap by Chris Rock at the Oscars can still be felt with a new report from Bloomberg revealing several projects with the actor that have been delayed and canceled. According to the magazine, a new nature series from National Geographic, hosted by Smith, has been delayed until later in the year, but article author Lucas Shaw took to Twitter to also add that “Netflix has also given up plans to make a sequel to Bright . ” In his tweet, he clarified that the cancellation of a Bright 2 was “not related to the incident”, something that has also been said about other Smith projects in recent days.
It is disappointing, but not surprising, that Netflix decides to cancel Bright 2. There are many conversations online about Will Smith and studios distancing themselves from him. It’s strange to me that Hollywood does this, especially for a name like Will Smith. I do not think the general public has given the impression that they will not support Will, but it seems that Hollywood has decided.
This is especially interesting in light of other actors like Ezra Miller who also make headlines but get a different result.
ANYTHING, that’s all I have for this one.