Though it was a fair commercial success, I certainly wouldn’t have expected Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 thriller Sicario to get a sequel. Yes, it was an oustanding movie, intelligent, uncompromising and superbly acted by its three leads, but it’s just not the kind of thing that makes you think ‘sequel’. However, just before Sicario was even out, word got out that Lionsgate, obviously sure it would get a good response, was developing a follow-up with the original film’s writer Taylor Sheridan, and that Stefano Sollima [Gomorrah, so an excellent choice] might direct.
Now it’s been confirmed that the film is happening [and there could even a Sicario 3 too], and with Sheridan and Sollima as writer and director. Benicio Del Toro’s character will be returning, as will Josh Brolins’s, but sadly Emily Blunt’s won’t be.
Collider.com recently spoke to Sheridan who had this to say:
“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. 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.”
While the idea of a Sicario franchise sounds odd to me, I certainly like what Sheridan has said, and actually – come to think of it – maybe the world of the first film could be expanded convincingly. After all, this stuff is going on right now.