News - 'Sicario' Sequel to be the First Movie on "Steroids"
'Sicario' was a nice little surprise in the Fall of 2015. There wasn't much to the movie but what it provided was an intriguing look into the cartel violence that corrupts a good portion of Juarez, Mexico. The film also contained some memorably high-tension action beats that called to mind 'No Country for Old Men'. Unfortunately Denis Villeneuve isn't returning to the director's seat for the upcoming sequel as he's tied up working on that little indie flick Blade Runner 2. Directing duties will now fall on Stefano Sollima, who's done a lot of foreign TV work.
In an interview with Collider the film's screenwriter, Taylor Sheridan, discusses what we can expect from the sequel:
"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."
I really admire Lionsgate for having faith in filmmakers, it's something that's lacking in most production companies. I feel like that even if the film doesn't turn out to be as good, at least it will have a unique vision that isn't living in the shadow of it's predecessor. I'm very excited to see how this sequel plays out as I felt like the first one did seem to pull it's punches from time to time, even though it had it's fair share of ruthless moments.
There's still no release date for the sequel but if I had to guess, I would have to peg it down somewhere in the Fall of next year or the early months of 2018.
Written by Rhys Paine on 8/2/2016