Sicario may only just be starting its international rollout, but Lionsgate is already in the process of developing a sequel.
According to Variety, Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan is overseeing a follow-up to the latest thriller from Prisoner director Denis Villeneuve.
Sicario sees Emily Blunt star as an FBI agent who is tasked with joining an operation to bring down a Mexican drug kingpin. Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin play two mysterious government figures who may or may not be doing everything by the book.
The sequel will be focusing on Del Toro’s character, according to Lionsgate’s Patrick Wachsberger, who said that he and Villeneauve had talked about further exploring the character’s journey.
The film began its U.S. release path on September 18, expanded to around 65 location this weekend and is to receive a wide domestic release on October 2. It’s off to a good start so far, earning $401,288 from just six U.S. cinemas, which puts its per-screen average of $66,881 as the highest average of the year.
It’s still early days regarding the sequel, but it’s easy to see why Lionsgate would be excited about developing another film. Apart from a successful start to the film’s launch, the reviews have been very impressive, prompting speculation that Sicario could see a few nods come the Academy Awards.