Taylor Sheridan on How ‘Soldado’ is Different From ‘Sicario’
Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
While franchises are a dime a dozen in Hollywood these days, Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario has become one of the most surprising success stories of the last decade. The film, which is dramatic crime-thriller, managed to conclude its story with no hint at a where a sequel could occur. However, not long after the film became a critical and commercial success, it was announced that a sequel had been greenlit with Stefano Sollima signing on to direct, Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro returning to star, and Sicario writer Taylor Sheridan returning to pen the sequel’s script. Recently, in an interview with Collider, Sheridan opened up about working on writing the script for the anticipated sequel.
“When I told them I would write it, they asked for the traditional studio call and the outline and all that, and I said, ‘No, no, no, guys. The first one was original. I’m just going to go away and I’m going to come back with it and there you go.’ And they trusted me to do that, and then read it and were like, ‘Ah, shit. We’re in a lot of trouble.’ It makes the first one look like a comedy. Yeah. I’m not the guy to ask to write a sequel.”
Well that’s intriguing. In a lot of ways, Sheridan seems to imply that Soldado will not even be a sequel and will act as more of a standalone story that has the same characters as Sicario minus Emily Blunt. Sicario showed viewers one side of this particular world and Soldado will show us a different side of things. A more dark and unrelenting side. Sheridan even continued in the interview to say that Soldado actually removes the police side of the franchise.
“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.”
With Sheridan saying that the sequel will not only make the first film look like a comedy, but also remove the legal portion of the franchise, Soldado is shaping up to be one of the most unprecedented crime thrillers in recent memory. The film will move away from Emily Blunt’s character and focus more on Brolin’s and del Toro’s characters, both of whom felt that acting outside the law is a means to an end. If I trust anyone to write a story/movie, it’s Sherdian, who has consistently proven what a good writer he truly is. Soldado is coming, and it’s going to be a dark couple of hours.
Soldado currently has no release date but keep it locked on Talkies Network for all the latest updates surrounding the Sicario sequel!