Variety brings word that Louis Leterrier, the eye behind the Edward Norton-starring The Incredible Hulk, has entered talks to direct the long-in-development sequel to Netflix’s David Ayer fantasy crime thriller Bright.
A sequel to the film has been in development since its major premiere in December 2017, with Ayer originally set to return and script the project with Evan Spiliotopoulos (Snake Eyes), but now the Suicide Squad filmmaker has opted out of directing. The script is still being credited to Ayer and Spiliotopoulos with a rewrite from T.S. Nowlin (Pacific Rim: Uprising), with stars Will Smith (Aladdin) and Joel Edgerton (The Green Knight) set to return.
The streaming service is hoping to begin shooting the sequel once the global pandemic has ceased and allows production to begin again on a number of projects around the world. Leterrier is best known for his work in the blockbuster world with films including Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans and Now You See Me, and recently worked with Netflix as executive producer and director for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
reviews being positive, while audiences gave it an 88% positive Bright premiered on the streaming service on December 22, 2017 and became the highest-viewed Netflix film ever in its first week of release, and one of the biggest originals (including sequels/additional seasons) Netflix has ever launched. Bright is the #1 movie on Netflix in every country (190+ countries) since its release with more people viewing the film internationally than domestically. However, there was a huge disparity between audiences and critics, with only 28% of Rotten Tomatoes reviews being positive, while audiences gave it an 88% positive score.