Chris Hemsworth, hot off his Marvel Cinematic Universe job, frontlined Netflix‘s 2020 film Extraction. Though a throwback to a more traditional gung-ho age, the film – based on the graphic novel Ciudad by Ande Parks, penned by Avengers: Endgame‘s Joe Russo (and directed by Sam Hargrave) it became one of Netflix‘s most successful original film. It told the tale of ‘... Tyler Rake, a hardened mercenary’s mission becomes a soul-searching race to survive when he’s sent into Bangladesh to rescue a drug lord’s kidnapped son‘ and the result was a decent lone-wolf warrior feature full of all the bells and whistles you’d expect.
Though *spoiler* Chris Hemsworth’s character appeared to die near the very end of the film, there was the briefest hint in the final moments that he might have survived. That’s always a savvy, practical move for any action film to consider – if your film does do well, you may not have wanted to kill of your star on his first outing. Perhaps not surprisingly the hashtag #rakelives is now doing the rounds with a teaser for the newly-announced sequel.
Though the film is a long way from any news of a release date, the teaser trailer (below)shows already lensed footage of Tyler Rake sinking to the river’s bottom after his fateful fall in the original, but pushing upwards and onwards, inspired by the words of the boy he was saving in the first film, Ovi Mahajan (Rudhraksh Jaiswal), now heard offering the idea that ” …you drown not by falling into the river, but by staying submerged in it.” It’s a little cheesey in the ‘with a bound he was free’ tradition, but needs must when there’s a franchise to make.
The sequel was due to start filming in New South Wales, but due to COVID restrictions will now shoot in Prague.
It is not known whether Jaiswal’s character will return for the sequel or, given the fact the film hasn’t formally started filming, whether this specific voice-over and footage was material edited out of the original film.