A video game based on Joe and Anthony Russo’s Extraction film franchise could become a reality following a $ 400 million deal between Russo’s AGBO and Japanese game studio Nexon.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that the directors of Avengers: Endgame have sold 38% of the shares in AGBO, their independent film banner (Mosul, Cherry, Everything Everywhere All At Once) to Nexon. The deal values the company at $ 1.1 billion, with Nexon taking a minority stake of $ 400 million.
AGBO and the Russo brothers are already in talks with Netflix to cast Chris Hemsworth’s Extraction into a video game, but will similarly work with Nexon to produce cross-platform collaborations based on its IP library.
Since an extraction video game is almost certainly still in the ideas phase, don’t expect any gameplay or story details for some time. When you consider that Extraction is a stunt heavy action film that focuses on gritty mercenaries performing secret missions, it’s probably a safe bet that a game similarly focuses on action tropes and gunplay.
When AGBO makes a formal application, Nexon has stated that it is ready to invest an additional $ 100 million in the first half of 2022.
Nexon is a Japan-listed video game publisher responsible for releasing Asian versions of games such as Counter-Strike: Online, MapleStory, FIFA Mobile, and the Korean version of Final Fantasy 14. Nexon is currently the third largest video game publisher in Asia. behind Tencent and NetEase.
Extraction was released on Netflix in April 2020, as executive producer by the Russo brothers and directed by longtime stunt collaborator Sam Hargrave. With Chris Hemsworth in the lead role, Extraction follows Tyler Rake, a mercenary whose job it is to rescue the son of an imprisoned gang boss. Extraction 2 follows the character of Hemsworth again, but details of the plot are few and far between. A teaser trailer released by Netflix during the Tudum event revealed that the story apparently begins at the end of the first film, when Rake climbs out of the river he fell into.
The Russo brothers also said they hope to expand Extraction into its own cinematic universe, followed by other characters like David Harbors Gaspar.
In our review of Extraction we said that it “works because its simple but sufficient story allows the plot of the film to take center stage. If the stunt work were mediocre, it would be a waste of time. Fortunately, Extraction does.” an exhaustively impressive display of masterfully choreographed fists, knives, weapons and explosions. “
Joseph Knoop is the cutthroat writer / producer / mercenary for IGN.