There’s Going to Be a Sicario Sequel

Lionsgate is giving the people what they want, and what they want is more Benicio. 

Faster than a speeding bullet, Lionsgate has given the go-ahead for the sequel to Sicario, the drug cartel drama that doesn’t even open nationally until next week.

According to Variety, the planned sequel will focus on Benicio del Toro’s hitman character, who plays against Emily Blunt’s FBI agent in the original Sicario, which Maxim’s own Gabriella Paiella called “the most intense thriller you’ll see this year.” Sicario writer Taylor Sheridan is overseeing the project, and director Denis Villeneuve is also involved, though it’s unclear in what capacity.

Sicario had a very strong limited release opening last weekend — on only six screens, it took in more than $400, 000, giving it the highest opening per-screen average this year. Black Label Media, a financial backer of the first film, is co-financing the sequel.

“Before the release of this movie, I was talking to Denis and I said what happened to this character?” Black Label co-chair Patrick Wachsberger told Variety. “Where is Benicio going?”

“This movie has multiple Oscar potential — best movie, best director, best cinematography, best music, and, of course, the actors,” he said. “All of the characters feel real.”

And in del Toro’s case, real scary.