Sicario is easily one of the coolest films of 2015, and Lionsgate moved quickly on making a second film with developing Soldado with original screenwriter Taylor Sheridan creating the script.
Denis Villeneuve will stay on as a producer, but had to exit as the sequel’s director as he’s busy filming Blade Runner 2, so another director has been hired and he’s revealed more details about the film. Director Stefano Sollima spoke to The Independent (via The Playlist) revealing that the film is standalone film within an anthology trilogy, not a direct sequel.
“It’s not a real sequel,” “Soldado” director Stefano Sollima told The Independent. “It’s absolutely a standalone movie – a completely different story with just two of the characters that you met in ‘Sicario.’ The reason that I love [Soldado] is because it’s not exactly a sequel; it’s something you can catch and enjoy even if you haven’t watched the first one.”
Adding it’s also a trilogy, which gives the impression a third film could leave the door open for Emily Blunt to return, as Soldado will focus on the two characters played Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro with Blunt confirmed as not returning.
“The idea is to make three anthology movies with some of the core actors and in the same world,” the director added.
It’s been revealed that Soldado would tackle the growing threat of the cartels and terrorist groups working together, along with how they and dangerous materials could be smuggled into the U.S., and it sounds like it could be taking place before the events of Sicario.
SOURCE: THE INDEPENDENT