Although Netflix’s sequel to their 2017 urban fantasy action movie, Bright was in the work for a while, the streaming giant has decided to pull the plug following Academy Award winner Will Smith’s Oscar controversy. After Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards, the actor has faced continuous backlash. Interestingly, Netflix has revealed that the cancellation didn’t come as a result of Smith’s behavior at the event.
The report comes as Bloomberg reporter Lucas Shaw recently turned to Twitter to reveal that National Geographic has cancelled a nature series starring the actor. He noted, “NatGeo has delayed the start of production on its big Will Smith show following the Slap. But it’s still happening. Netflix has also abandoned plans to make a sequel to Bright, but that is unrelated to the incident.”
NatGeo has delayed the start of production on its big Will Smith show following the Slap. But it’s still happening.
— Lucas Shaw (@Lucas_Shaw) April 21, 2022
Directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis, Bright takes place in an alternate present-day where humans live alongside numerous fantastical creatures such as orcs, elves, and fairies since the beginning of time. The movie follows story of two police officers, one a human, the other an orc, who embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it.
At the time of the release, the movie was critically panned by critics due to script and the movie’s attempt at the social commentary. However, Bright became one of the highest streamed movies on the streaming platform.