In our latest news update for this totally unneeded sequel, Sicario scribe Taylor Sheridan spilled the beans in an interview with Collider on just how brutal this sequel will be (hint: more so than the original):
“Lionsgate understood that they bought something that was a spec (on the original Sicario). So there was a certain amount of latitude they had to give me (on Sicario 2). 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 have a hard time imagining just how they can make a sequel even darker than the original Sicario, as that film wasn’t exactly filled with sunshine and rainbows. This lines up about right with all the previous comments. Immigration is a bit of a hot button issue at the moment, and if the sequel approaches this subject with the same bite the original had on the drug war, than I’m sure that these comments about the film being “ten times more vicious” ring true.
Soldado is set to begin shooting soon, with Bencio Del Toro and Josh Brolin returning. Noticeably absent is Emily Blunt, who was the lead from the original film. Soldado will be the second of a planned Sicario trilogy (*groan*), with details sparse about the third film.
While Sheridan is a fantastic writer (Sicario, Hell or High Water), I’m still hesitant to get on board with this sequel. This feels completely unneeded, and I fear Sicario turning into a hyper violent and nihilistic action franchise. They’ve already lost their main star from the first film, and the decision to focus on Del Toro’s character is equally as worrisome. The appeal of that character was the mystery surrounding him, and to shine any more light on that will take away some of that appeal.
But, I am just a lowly movie blogger. What do I know? You guys excited for Soldado?