Netflix is looking like they caught a break and their Extraction sequel starring Thor actor Chris Hemsworth has jumped the line after prep on Furiosa paused nixing the planned summer shoot seemingly because of increased cases of COVID-19 there. Extraction 2 also brings back director Sam Hargrave and screenwriter Joe Russo.
Variety recently mentioned that filming on the Extraction 2 had been prepping in New South Wales, Australia the same Aussie state where Chris Hemsworth recently shot Marvel’s Thor: Love & Thunder and had been planning on shooting Furiosa over the summer.
However, due concerns of COVID-19 in the area filming on Extraction 2 has been reportedly moved to Europe in Prague, Czech Republic. There were previous rumblings from the Los Angeles Times that George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road prequel/sequel won’t begin shooting until 2022 and the report also mentions that pre-production on the prequel won’t begin until November/December alluding to the film indeed being delayed until 2022.
Hemsworth has posted an Instagram video of himself training for the upcoming action pic alongside his workout routine.
Hargrave has a background in stunts and was previously the second unit director on The Accountant, Atomic Blonde, Avengers: Endgame, and The Mandalorian. He’s expected to have directed at least one episode of The Book of Boba Fett.
Hemsworth will join Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, The Northman, Last Night In Soho) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Matrix Resurrections, Candyman, Aquaman, Aquaman & The Lost Kingdom) as the leads of Miller’s Mad Max prequel Furiosa. Filming was supposed to take place at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney, the same location used for both Shang-Chi & The Legend of The Ten Rings and Thor: Love & Thunder.
Director George Miller is no stranger to production delays, he originally came up with the idea for Mad Max: Fury Road back in 1987 and filming didn’t start up until 2012, two years after Tom Hardy secured the titular role and after multiple production hiccups going back to 2001.
EXTRACTION – A black-market mercenary who has nothing to lose is hired to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. But in the murky underworld of weapons dealers and drug traffickers, an already deadly mission approaches the impossible.