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Netflix has released the first trailer for Extraction. This one, on paper, has a whole lot going for it. For one, it's one of few new blockbuster-level releases viewers will be able to watch this month, as movie theaters all around the country remain closed. It also features Chris Hemsworth in the lead. To top it all off, he's reunited with Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of Avengers: Endgame, who are producing the original thriller. And, based on this first trailer, this could certainly be something to look forward to this month.
The trailer opens up with Chris Hemsworth doing some intense cliff diving/meditation before some of the action kicks in. We get the sense that Hemsworth has something of a death wish. We then get to the heart of the matter, which sees this man having to rescue the son of a drug lord, who was kidnapped by a rival drug lord. Things escalate, to say the very least of it, and Hemsworth is left trying to fight off impossible odds to keep this kid safe. This does seem to lay everything out on the table, seemingly not leaving much up to the imagination, but it's an impressive trailer. Lots of action. Real stakes.RELATED: Netflix's Extraction Poster Shows Chris Hemsworth as a Deadly Black Market Mercenary googletag.cmd.pushfunction ;
New Netflix original Extraction centers on a hardened mercenary's mission, which becomes a soul-searching race to survive when he's sent into Bangladesh to rescue a drug lord's kidnapped son. The cast also includes Rudhraksh Jaiswal, David Harbour, Derek Luke and Golshifteh Farahani. Taking to Twitter, Chris Hemsworth expressed his excitement in sharing the trailer, especially at this moment in time, given what's going on in the world.'So happy to finally be able to share the trailer for Extraction with you all! This has been a difficult few months for all of us, and we hope this will provide a bit of entertainment while we are all staying home.'
This trailer arrives after an Extraction poster proved to be quite popular after it was unveiled. Netflix has been ramping up its work with A-list filmmakers in the past few years and this is a huge example of that. The Russo brothers, coming off of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, have been busy producing a number of high-profile projects. In this case, Joe Russo wrote the screenplay and is producing alongside his brother, Anthony Russo. Re-teaming them with Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, makes this an impressive package deal.
Sam Hargrave, a longtime stunt coordinator who has worked on quite a few massive blockbusters in his day, including Captain America: Civil War with the Russo brothers, is making his feature directorial debut. Hargrave also worked on Atomic Blonde, The Hunger Games series and Suicide Squad, as well as a few other MCU titles like Thor: Ragnarok. So he knows his way around a big...
EXCLUSIVE: STXfilms is closing a high seven-figure multi-territory pre-buy for Scott Cooper-directed psychological horror A Head Full Of Ghosts, which will star Margaret Qualley Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood.
STX will distribute in the U.S. and UK and, like it did on Gunpowder Milkshake last month, teamed up with its output partners in Latin America Sun, Canada Elevation and Benelux The Searchers to acquire those markets as well. Partnering up gives the buyers a better chance of fending off the deep-pocketed streamers.
The film is backed by Cross Creek, Team Downey and The Allegiance Theater. CAA Media Finance repped the U.S. rights while Mad River launched foreign sales at the European Film Market in Berlin last month.
Pic is an adaptation of Paul Tremblay's popular horror novel, and Cooper is revising the current draft. The film sees a young woman recount to a journalist the terrifying story of how her family was publicly ripped apart 20 years prior by her teenage sister’s mysterious affliction. Additional casting is underway.
Berlin turned out to be a buoyant market in the end. Certainly at the top end. Between Netflix’s splash for The Good Nurse, Searchlight grabbing Perfect, AGC’s sell-out on Little America, STX’s deals for this film and Gunpowder Milkshake and multiple eye-catching deals on its sales slate, it was a better than average EFM. The hope has been that Cannes could follow suit.
Qualley is also coming off Fosse/Verdon, The Leftovers and Berlin opener My Salinger Year. Cooper most recently directed the Keri Russell-Jessie Plemons-starrer Antlers.
A Head Full Of Ghosts is being produced by Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine of the Allegiance Theater, Susan Downey of Team Downey, Tyler Thompson of Cross Creek, Cooper and David Gambino. Robert Downey Jr is exec producing.
The film marks the second collaboration for Cooper and Cross Creek, after the Johnny Depp-starrer Black Mass for Warner Bros that grossed $99M worldwide. Cross Creek's other forays in the psychological thriller space include Black Swan and Woman in Black. Cross Creek just wrapped the Aaron Sorkin-directed Trial of the Chicago 7, with Paramount releasing in the fall, and the Vin Diesel-starrer Bloodshot.
So much of the slick, ADD-riddled studio animation that passes for family-friendly entertainment these days has been watered down by cheap jokes and bland message-mongering. You have to hand it to “Trolls World Tour” for trying to turn that standard into a half-assed Trojan horse: Yes, this candy-colored jukebox musical sequel to the 2016 installment stuffs a ridiculous playlist into silly and psychedelic gags about hairy forest critters who thrive on joy and good tunes. And yes, it will mainly appeal to kids and stoners for those reasons alone. Yet buried in all that surface inanity, “Trolls World Tour” which was set for a wide theatrical release but will instead snake its way into American households on VOD musters a savvy treatise on the history of modern music, and a serviceable message about the cultural differences that make its diverse traditions worthy of celebration on their own terms. It's a stupid movie with deep ambitions, energized by that trippy neon palette, and the occasional hot beat.
For the uninitiated, troll dolls are the plastic toys that exploded in the ’60s, but the current “Trolls” universe transforms them into cheery/eerie bundles of constant joy that thrive on parties deep in an enchanted forest. The previous entry found former grump Branch Justin Timberlake finding his inner joy and integrating into the never-ending party of the troll kingdom overseen by Queen Poppy Anna Kendrick. They seemed destined to continue as living ecstasy pills forever after. But the troll universe turns out to be much bigger than Poppy and her gleeful servants knew, and “Trolls World Tour” expands the mythology of the original movie by revealing the same narrow confines that made the original “Trolls” soundtrack so narrow: They're “pop” Trolls get it?, while other regions of their land include other troll communities that adhere to very different genres: Techno, country, funk, classical, and rock. In an amusing acknowledgement of the movie's modern-day limitations, Poppy's dated map also has disco on it.
This instant world-building ensures whatever happens in the immediate future, we might be seeing “Trolls” movies for years to come, and that's a terrifying concept even in these trying times. But “Trolls World Tour” begs you to work through the fundamental inanity of its setup by trying to do something smart with it: returning director Walt Dohrn back from the previous entry and a small army of screenwriters use the expansive universe to careen through a range of musical experiences while the exploring the simmering tensions between them.
That's largely due to the efforts of crude goth chick Queen Barb Rachel Bloom, the boisterous and egocentric Queen of the...