The 2015 title Sicario ticked every box possible for a film. Taking $85m at the box office from a $30m budget and winning over critics and the audience with a carefully crafted script. Telling the story of an FBI agent (Emily Blunt) dealing with Mexican drug cartels and a dubious team of counterparts (Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro), the movie could hardly be faulted for delivery or execution.
Now the Denis Villeneuve picture is on the verge of a sequel and perhaps a third installment. At least, if screenwriter Taylor Sheridan is to be believed. Soldado is the follow up to the thrilling ride from Villeneuve and Sheridan that is in production mode right now. And, while the original flick was never intended to have a sequel, they could be on the verge of creating something akin to a franchise.
Taking His Shady Goons Outside US Territory
With Blunt not coming back into the fold to reprise her role as Kate Macer, Sheridan outlines how the duo of Alejandro Gillick (Del Toro) and Matt Graver (Brolin) could operate without an agent watching their every move.
“One of the producers called me and said, ‘If you were to do a sequel, how would you do it?’ and when he first brought it up I thought,’ Well of course you’re asking me,’" remarked the writer to Collider. "And then I had an idea, and I said, ‘Look you can’t really do a sequel, but I sure would love to see what happened if these guys didn’t have a chaperone.’ Because basically they’re operating within the United States, so I played with some actual laws that exist and found a way that they could operate more or less legally within the U.S. But they had a chaperone. What happens if they weren’t in the U.S. and they didn’t have a chaperone? How bad or good would that work out? You’ve seen Sicario, good isn’t going to factor into it too much.”
Sequel Speaks To Current Climate of Fear
Going rogue is often a danger with these types of characters and Sheridan thinks the powers provided to law enforcement have the capacity to corrupt the wrong people.
“I would say if Sicario is a film about the militarization of police and that blending over," argues the screenwriter, "this is removing the policing aspect from it.”
Without the long term planning that usually associates with a follow up installment, Sheridan says that the aftermath of the US election is certainly an ingredient that can be tapped into.
“Unfortunately there is still much to mine in this world and explore creatively. People are gonna think I have a crystal ball—I don’t—but the current political activities are oddly timely to what Soldado confronts.”
Pushed as to whether a third movie could work, Sheridan left the door ajar.
“Who knows? I know what it would be if they did. I know exactly what it would be if they did.”