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Bright sequel officially in the works, David Ayer returns to direct

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Jan 3, 2018, 10:42 AM EST

Bright, the urban fantasy that combines cop drama, orcs, fairies, magic wands and a race relations allegory, is returning for a second installment at Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, the film imagined a Los Angeles populated with fantasy creatures, and sent a pair of cops — including the first orc allowed in the LAPD (Edgerton) — on a quest to stop the end of the world. With a reported budget of $90 million, the film was Netflix's first major attempt at blockbuster filmmaking (though lavish series like The Crown cost them a good deal more), and though critics weren't very kind to the film, audiences seem to be.

It's currently the most-watched movie on the streaming giant worldwide. Nielsen's ratings tracker reported 11 million people in the United States alone streamed the film in the three days after its December 22 premiere, but that number's actually low. Nielsen only tracks Netflix views via television, so there were likely quite a few more people watching Bright on their phones or other devices. Those are big numbers, but according to THR the film is doing even better with international viewers.

Smith and Edgerton are both expected to return for the sequel, as is director David Ayer (Suicide Squad). The one key absence so far: Max Landis, who wrote the screenplay for the film, which sold to Netflix in a major bidding war back in 2016. Ayer, who usually scripts his own films, will take over screenplay duties.

A few minutes after THR's report, Netflix confirmed the story with a fun Twitter video for fans, depicting orcs auditioning to join the sequel. They also confirmed in a statement to SYFY WIRE that Ayer will indeed write and direct, and Smith and Edgerton will return. The film does not yet have a release date or, as evidenced by the video, an official title.