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"Extraction 3" Gets Exciting Update


Thu 09 Nov 2023 | 12:57 PM
Yara Sameh

"Extraction" star Chris Hemsworth and director Sam Hargrave announced earlier this year that "Extraction 3" was in development.  

The duo announced at Netflix’s Tudum 2023 event in Brazil, following the June 16 premiere of “Extraction 2”.

However, a lot has happened since then including a SAG-AFTRA strike. 

In an interview with Collider, Netflix's Head of Film Scott Stuber provided an important and exciting update on the franchise. 

Stuber pointed out that as excited as the giant streamer and the horde of fans are for another Tyler Rake (Hemsworth) adventure, they understand that the creative process can’t be rushed. And now, with Idris Elba (Hijack) in tow, fans’ expectations will be at an all-time high: 

“You know, you've got to find the right thing. I think the second one was so good because it was emotional and complex. It kind of reminds me of when I worked on the Bourne movies. Tony Gilroy did such a good job on the second one of making it emotional and making that kind of activate around Franka [Potente’s] death. So, this one had the same kind of familial background around Chris [Hemsworth’s] motivation. Getting Idris [Elba] into the franchise was an interesting way to kind of evolve it. So we're waiting on the script and working hard, but aspiration would be great to get it back. I mean, what those guys have done has been really great in that franchise.” 

Extraction

The first “Extraction” was released in April 2020 and was a major hit for Netflix. It was the most-watched original film premiere in the streaming service’s history, reaching 99 million households in its first four weeks of release.

The movie was the most-streamed title during its debut weekend, then later re-entered the Top 10 releases during the Fourth of July weekend. “Extraction” ended up as the fourth most-watched streaming film of 2020.

In Extraction 2, it did the impossible and managed to sell to viewers the “resurrection” of Tyler Rake after his brutal ending in the first movie. 

The trick was to do it carefully: the sequel spends the better part of its initial 20 minutes showing that the protagonist suffered terrible consequences and had to work hard to get back into action. 

This kind of attention to detail is certainly one of the elements that sets the franchise apart from other action movies. 

Last but not least, Stuber admitted that the Extraction team “lost some momentum” due to the strike, and this is part of the reason why the threequel hasn’t been officially put on the Netflix schedule. 

He revealed that the hope is that, as soon as actors manage to reach a deal for fair compensation, it’ll be time to finally get “Back to what everybody does best, which is storytelling.”