One of the more surprising but welcome sequel announcements in the past year or so was that Denis Villeneuve’s exquisitely crafted drug war drama “Sicario” would be getting a follow-up entitled “Soldado” with the original film’s scribe Taylor Sheridan already working on the script.
Shortly after came the news that “Gomorrah” director Stefano Sollima would take over as director, while the focus will shift to Benicio Del Toro’s character and Josh Brolin’s agency handler would also make a return appearance.
Collider recently got to speak with Sheridan about the film at an event for the new Jeff Bridges western “Hell or High Water” which Sheridan also wrote. He revealed that those expecting the sequel to be a more light-hearted affair better think again:
“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.”
“Soldado” is reportedly slated to begin production shortly with a potential third film already being discussed.