Sicario topped many end-of-year lists in 2015 and confirmed Denis Villeneuve as a talented, focused director with an incredible sense of vision.
The atmosphere, the style, the cinematography, the performances from everyone in the cast, it all came together to make one of the best crime thrillers of the past twenty years. Following that up is going to be a daunting prospect, but screenwriter Taylor Sheridan - who also wrote the screenplay for 2016's Hell Or High Water - isn't all that phased.
In an interview with Collider, Sheridan teased out a few details on Soldado - the sequel to Sicario - and what the film will entail. "I would say if Sicario is a film about the militarization of police and that blending over, this is removing the policing aspect from it."
Given the current political climate in the US and Mexico, that's pretty ominious and pretty prescient. Sheridan went on, pointing out that Sicario was - in a sense - a completely standalone film. "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.’ 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."
Given the way Donald Trump's talking about torturing American detainees and the like, it's no surprise that Soldado is already shaping up to be controversial.
No release date has been confirmed yet for Soldado, but it looks like filming is already underway as a number of castmembers have been announced, including Matthew Modine and Catherine Keener.