Sicario 2 is gearing up to head into production.
It’s somewhat surprising that Sicario is getting a follow-up. Last year’s fantastic thriller certainly felt like a one-off kind of picture, with a potent narrative that wrapped up with a satisfactory conclusion. Well, the film was a critical hit and did well financially ($US84.8 million from a $US30 million budget), a result Lionsgate must have predicted. The film had barely started its international rollout when the studio started developing a sequel.
The sequel, which has reportedly been titled Soldado, will not be focusing on Emily Blunt’s Kate Macer, instead placing the spotlight on Benicio Del Toro’s character, Alejandro.
Whether or not a sequel is a good idea remains to be seen, but having screenwriter Taylor Sheridan back on board bodes well for the film. While promoting Hell or High Water, which he also penned, Sheridan revealed a little more about the direction the sequel will be going in.
“Lionsgate understood that they bought something that was a spec [on the first film]. So there was a certain amount of latitude they had to give me [on the sequel]. What usually would be a long meeting about what’s this character about, what’s his arc—we didn’t have that,” Sheridan told Collider.
“They trusted me to just go do it, and with Sicario, which I’m really proud of, it really approaches some difficult subjects. I didn’t want to demean that with the second one. So I really wrote something I double dared them to actually make. Ten times more unsentimental, more vicious and really reflective… It’s funny a lot of people think Sicario‘s about the drug war and the cartels. It’s not. It’s a movie about American policy and the way that we police and [Sicario 2] is that on steroids.”
It sounds like we’re in going to be in for a decidedly gritty follow-up, although hopefully the sequel also holds the potent atmosphere and fantastic cinematography on display in the first film. Sicario boasted direction by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners) and cinematography by the master that is Roger Deakins (The Shawshank Redemption, No Country for Old Men) …no pressure then.
Attached to direct Soldado is Stefano Sollima, the Italian director known for working in crime-drama projects such as the Gomorrah television series and the thriller Suburra.