Last year’s critically-acclaimed thriller, “Sicario,” starring Emily Blunt as an FBI agent who is thrust into the dirty war on drugs at the border between the US and Mexico, is going to get a sequel.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, upstart production company Black Label Media, which has had an impressive start with movies like “Sicario,” and soon-to-be-released titles “Demolition,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and “La La Land,” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, confirmed that “Sicario 2” is a go.
“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,” said co-founder Molly Smith.
Blunt, along with co-stars Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro, will be returning.
The first film ends with Blunt knowing the true reasons why she was enlisted to be a part of the team to take out the head of a major Mexican drug cartel, and we also learn why Del Toro’s character is such an asset.
Though the Black Label team wouldn’t get into the sequel’s plot, co-founder Trent Luckinbill is excited to see Del Toro’s character explored further.
“You have such a great character with Benicio, who was as dark as he was and still so loved,” he said. “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.”
It’s unknown who will direct the sequel, as “Sicario” director Denis Villeneuve is currently making the sequel to “Blade Runner,” but it will be a lot of pressure for whoever takes the job.
“Sicario” was one of the surprise hits of 2015. Not just loved by critics but earning over $80 million worldwide (it had a budget of $40 million).
Fans of the movie will have high expectations.