“Bright 2” Stumbles, “Indiana Jones 5” Revives?

David Ayer’s “Bright” was Netflix’s biggest budgeted film at the time of release (though has since been surpassed several times), and was heralded as an audience success for them even as the critics were very mixed on it.

Still, with the number of eyeballs it drew and user reaction that was good enough for the purpose – a sequel was quickly confirmed to be in development. However the project’s progress has been slow and now Comicbook.com reports the whole thing may have been ground to a temporary halt.

Smith’s co-star, Lucy Fry, tells the outlet that the original plan was to shoot the follow-up this year – something that didn’t happen: “We were going to do it this year, and then it didn’t happen because of Will’s schedule. And I really hope they do another one because I had so much fun making that movie. So, I just hope we get to do it again.” Asked if she knew what was in store for the sequel’s story or her character, she said: “No, I don’t know. I’m sorry! I wish I did know.”

Ayer and Evan Spiliotopoulos are working on the script for the follow-up which hasn’t set a release date as yet. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Steven Spielberg’s long in development fifth “Indiana Jones” film appears to be picking up steam.

David Koepp (“Jurassic Park,” “Mission: Impossible”) was one of the first screenwriters attached to the film with Jonathan Kasdan and then Dan Fogelman subsequently taking over for him. This week he told Den of Geek: “I’m working on it again. We’re still trying. And I think we’ve got a good idea this time. We’ll see.”

Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford are confirmed to be returning to the franchise which is aiming for a July 9th 2021 of the new film.