One of the strongest films of 2015 was filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario,” a dark and tense take on the U.S.-Mexican drug war starring Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Jeffrey Donovan and Emily Blunt.
All but Blunt are returning for the upcoming sequel “Sicario 2: Soldado” which has “Gomorrah” helmer Stefano Sollima directing and once again a script by Taylor Sheridan (“Wind River,” “Hell or High Water”). Sheridan has previously indicated it’s an even darker and more brutal film, and the overall plan is for a trilogy.
This week, producer Ed McDonnell spoke with Empire Magazine and revealed that it was only commitments to “Blade Runner 2049” that kept Villeneuve away from helming “Soldado,” and he hopes to come back for the finale should it happen:
“He [Villeneuve] wishes he had been available [for Sicario 2]. We even talked about him maybe coming back for the third one, should there be one. He said, ‘If I were available, I’d be directing this movie tomorrow.’ But we always knew he was going to be in the middle of Blade Runner when the script started to come together.”
Villeneuve is developing both a “Cleopatra” and a “Dune” movie, though neither has set production start dates as yet. “Sicario 2: Soldado” is slated for release on June 29th.