Netflix is quietly stopping its plans for a sequel to "Bright". However, it does not seem to be due to the Oscars scandal.
In recent weeks, Will Smith has seen several of his film projects paused or canceled, due to the slap in the face he handed out at the Oscars. And here comes another setback for the actor: the planned "Bright 2" will not happen.
David Ayers' "Bright" was the Netflix movie from 2017 that mixed cop action with a fantasy world inhabited by orcs. The streaming service announced its plans for a continuation already four years ago. Two years ago, they gave the directing job to Louis Leterrier.
Now, however, they have come up with other ideas. Bloomberg journalist Lucas Shaw wrote on Twitter that "Netflix has abandoned its plans for a sequel" but also adds that "it is unrelated to the event".
In other words, Netflix may have quietly scrapped "Bright 2" even before the Oscars, as far as we know. No major loss for Netflix viewers, I'm sure.
For Smith, on the other hand, it is another job less. In recent weeks, both "Bad Boys 4" and the Netflix thriller "Fast and Loose" have ended up in the firing line. Whether the actor's career after The Slap can recover remains to be seen.