“Soldado” Makes “Sicario” ‘Look Like A Comedy’

The unexpected announcement of a sequel to one of 2015’s best films, Denis Villeneuve’s gritty and occasionally horrific “Sicario,” was certainly unexpected considering it had a pretty firm conclusion.

Then came further details which indicated this was taking a few interesting turns. Taylor Sheridan was returning to write the screenplay, Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro would return as their characters (as will Jeffrey Donovan), and the hiring of Stefano Sollima as director is a promising choice.

Out doing promotion for his directorial debut “Wind River,” Sheridan spoke with Collider about how the sequel came about. He says:

“When I told them I would write it, they asked for the traditional studio call and the outline and all that, and I said, ‘No, no, no, guys. The first one was original. I’m just going to go away and I’m going to come back with it and there you go.’ And they trusted me to do that, and then read it and were like, ‘Ah, s–t. We’re in a lot of trouble.’ It makes the first one look like a comedy. Yeah. I’m not the guy to ask to write a sequel.”

Sheridan has previously indicated he is doubling down on the darkness of the material, saying if the first was about the militarization of police then this “is removing the policing aspect from it.”

The film is currently in post-production and hasn’t set a release date as yet.