If you loved the Netflix new action movie starring Chris Hemsworth get ready for either a sequel or a prequel to the movie. During an interview with Collider director Sam Hargrave revealed that himself and writer-producer Joe Russo have discussed the possibility of a sequel or even a prequel to the film.
“We discussed how is [Gaspar] gonna beat [Tyler Rake]. We discussed it and our backstory is that those two guys — and, spoiler alert, who knows whether there could be prequels or sequels could possibly go if Netflix likes the movie —but their backstory is these guys trained together and they spent a lot of time together in the military and even outside of that, in private military sector, and their skills would be matched but they just went in different directions. Harbour[‘s character] ‘went native,’ you might say. He found a life in Bangladesh and stayed there and Rake kept going down that [other] path. But their skillset, if you matched them up, they’re kind of evenly matched. So, to make up for the fact that Rake has been doing [this work] consistently and Harbour[‘s character] has not, we made sure that Chris had enough damage, if he was beaten down enough, we’d believe that Harbour had the skills to take him down.”
Sam also added “As soon as it got mentioned, that thought of a sequel — because, I guess, Netflix was enjoying the dailies and things were coming together and people were like, ‘Oh, this could be…’. You know, you talk about all these things. Is it a franchise? Is it all these things? Who knows until the movie comes out and the audience responds. They’ll be the ones who decide. But it was talked about. As soon as it was, Joe brought up an interesting point that most of the time, you get a sequel. Rarely do you go back in time into prequels. […] You get the sense that Chris and Harbour have a great chemistry […] so we thought that was a very interesting way — if you were to go backwards in time — that you could play with the prequel to a story like this.”
Definitely looks like there is hope for turning this film into a potential franchise. As for me I really enjoyed the movie a lot and you can catch me full review on the Movie Lovers Unite’s Podcast. In the film, Chris Hemsworth plays Tyler Rake, a mercenary-for-hire fighting his way out of Bangladesh as he tries to rescue Ovi Mahajan (Rudhraksh Jaiswal), the kidnapped teenage son of an international crime lord, and get him to safety. Apparently the ending was pretty ambiguous so there are options on the table as to where they could go in a sequel or even tell a story that shows events that establish how the characters came to be. I’m not 100% certain but I don’t think Netflix has a viable original franchise on their service so this could be a great launching off pad for them.