SPOILER WARNING: Spoilers follow for Extraction.
Well, that escalated quickly! Grabbing one of the biggest stars in the MCU and riding the wave of everyone being stuck at home due to a pandemic has reaped BIG rewards for Extraction.
It emerged over the weekend that the movie has received a staggering amount of views on Netflix.
The streamer announced it is the most watched original feature film they have ever distributed. It has been viewed by over 90 million households since its release. That takes it 10 million streams clear of the previous record holder Bird Box, the post-apocalyptic Sandra Bullock thriller.
Even we liked it here at the Outpost and we are very hard to please sometimes.
As you would expect with success like that it means a sequel is incoming. One half of the Avengers helming duo, and producer / writer on the original Extraction is Joe Russo and he is returning to pen the script again.
He is said to be optimistic that Chris Hemsworth will returns as the excellently named ex-SAS now mercenary, Tyler Rake. Those of you who have seen the movie will know that confirms one question mark left hanging at the end where just a small hint was dropped as to the final outcome of something on screen.
He also wants the director of the original Sam Hargrave to return. Hargrave was stunt coordinator on Endgame and Captain America: Civil War. He broke the news in an interview with Deadline.
“The deal is closed for me to write Extraction 2, and we are in the formative stages of what the story can be.
We’re not committing yet to whether that story goes forward, or backward in time. We left a big loose ending that leaves question marks for the audience.
There was always a simple drive to the story, a balletic execution of action where you take a damaged character who made an egregious mistake in the past and has a shot at redemption which might be fatal.
What was key is that we needed a muscular action director like Sam to be the main creative force in the execution of the action.”
The story of a mercenary who is tasked with recovering the kidnapped son of a drug lord in Bangladesh left some threads open. These included further information on the Bangladesh and Mumbai underworld, the families of those involved and around Tyler a Rake himself. Any of these could form the basis of a sequel story.
Any movie is likely to take at least a couple of years to make it onto the streamer.