Following in the wake of the critical and commercial success of last year’s acclaimed drug war thriller “Sicario,” talk quickly stirred of a sequel with Benicio del Toro’s assassin tipped to be the central character this time out in what sounded more like a spin-off.
Now, speaking with THR, Black Label Media co-founders Molly Smith and twins Thad and Trent Luckinbill say it’s a sequel with Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin’s characters once again back in the mix. Smith says: “we’re in full development with the studio. I just got a draft [of a script from writer Taylor Sheridan], and we’re really excited.”
Thad adds: “We’ve circulated it to the reps, and everybody [from the cast of the original is] on board”. Then there’s Trent who spoke about their excitement over returning to the world that writer Taylor Sheridan and director Denis Villeneuve created:
“Taylor’s a really great world-builder. He’s got that kind of modern Western voice, which is in vogue right now. And he did it again [with the sequel]. It’s a great big world. We can’t reveal the plot, but you’ll see [Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin] all come back. You have such a great character with Benicio, who was as dark as he was and still so loved. That character resonates so well with audiences. People want to know what happened to him, so it’s a perfect foray for us to explore. Obviously we would love it if Denis could [direct]. He’s a busy man, but he’s certainly part of the process with us right now.”
No word on when the film will go into production.