Inside the year’s un­like­li­est re­make

How a fam­ily of teenage boys from La­gos recre­ated the trailer — and won the sup­port of Hol­ly­wood Ex­trac­tion

Empire (Australasia) - - PREVIEW - BETH WEBB

THERE’S A CHANCE that you’ve caught a trailer that looks al­most iden­ti­cal to that of the Net­flix ac­tion thriller Ex­trac­tion. Recre­at­ing the orig­i­nal trailer shot for shot, it in­cludes the same punches thrown and the ac­tors stand­ing on the same marks. But there are sub­tle dif­fer­ences. A large pud­dle sub­sti­tutes a wide shot of Dhaka. A drink-can sim­u­lates a sniper scope. The film’s speed­ing cars are ren­dered by wheel­bar­rows.

This metic­u­lous re­make comes cour­tesy of the ‘Iko­rodu Bois’, a group of Nige­rian brothers and cousins who have quickly risen to fame as Hol­ly­wood’s favourite low­bud­get mim­ick­ers. “I draw my cre­ativ­ity from the en­vi­ron­ment around me,” says old­est brother Ba­batunde (23), who spent a month di­rect­ing Muiz (15), Ma­lik (10) and cousin Fawis (13) while re­mak­ing the Ex­trac­tion trailer (a film they de­scribe as “top-notch”). There is no se­cret to their in­ge­nu­ity — just hard work. “We are not pro­fes­sional,” Ba­batunde ad­mits. “We shoot the scene. Then to­mor­row we shoot the scene again. We just keep doing it.”

The man be­hind the real thing, Ex­trac­tion’s di­rec­tor Sam Har­grave, is noth­ing but flat­tered. “I was blown away. It made my day,” Har­grave tells

Em­pire. “I’m hon­oured these su­per-tal­ented, cre­ative young film­mak­ers would take the time to recre­ate the trailer for our film. The Lego he­li­copter? Us­ing fish­ing wire to flip the toy po­lice car? Come on! Bril­liant!”

Fa­mous fans have lined up to praise the Bois, with tweets from Dwayne John­son, Will Smith, and Ex­trac­tion pro­duc­ers Joe and An­thony Russo — who in­vited the fam­ily to the pre­miere of Ex­trac­tion 2, when it even­tu­ally ar­rives.

“I was about to cry when I saw that tweet,” Ba­batunde re­mem­bers. “Ev­ery­one was jump­ing around, even our mum and dad. It felt like noth­ing was im­pos­si­ble.” They are stunned into si­lence when Em­pire reads Har­grave’s re­ac­tion to them. Ba­batunde says, “To hear that he ap­pre­ci­ates our cre­ativ­ity… I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep tonight.”

With luck, these videos are just the start, though. “We hope that with the sup­port of the peo­ple in the in­dus­try, we can be­come pro­fes­sional film­mak­ers,” says Ba­batunde. “This is some­thing that we’ve been wait­ing for all of our lives.” If Net­flix needs some­one to helm Ex­trac­tion 3, we know just the guys.

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