Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

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Post by WyldeMan on 6/2/2016, 8:48 am

Lionsgate and Black Label Media are getting closer to a production start on Soldado, the second installment of the drug war thriller that began with 2015’s Sicario. I’m told that Stefano Sollima is the front-runner to direct the second installment and should have the job shortly, with talks expected to wrap up quickly. Denis Villenueve directed the first film. Sollima is the Italian director who has made a number of memorably gritty crime thrillers but is best known for directing the Italian miniseries Gomorra and the features Suburra and A.C.A.B. (All Cops Are Bastards). Soldado was scripted by Taylor Sheridan. Black Label Media and Lionsgate are co-financing.

The sequel focuses on Alejandro Gillick, the shadowy Man on Fire-like protagonist played by Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin’s CIA agent Matt Graver, who in the first film established themselves as hellbent on hunting down cartel kingpins, no matter what. The script by Sheridan — who wrote the original — has been very well received. Gone is the principled FBI agent character played by Emily Blunt. The subject matter is very topical, as Gillick and Graver concern themselves with what is being smuggled across the border between Mexico and the U.S. in the tunnels used to move drugs and illegal immigrants. Those tunnels also can be used to bring terrorists into the U.S.

The sequel is being produced by Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk, Black Label’s Molly Smith and Thad and Trent Luckinbill, and Edward McDonnell. I’m told that the plan is to move into production by the fall and that the talent all has sparked to Sollima. Final meetings with the studio are happening shortly. Sollima is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.


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Re: Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

Post by WyldeMan on 6/2/2016, 8:49 am

Love that a sequel is happening with Benicio but very disappointed that Sheridan decided to write out Blunt's character and that Villenueve isn't returning to direct.
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Re: Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

Post by UltimateMarvel on 6/2/2016, 9:53 am

Sucks that she's not returning but it also works. If it's anything like the first though, it's going to be great.
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Re: Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

Post by ForeverBlu on 6/2/2016, 1:23 pm

So it's a sausage party now.

Wonder why Blunt was written out?

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Re: Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

Post by Rusty on 6/2/2016, 10:23 pm

Maybe she can be brought back in the 3rd movie, to hunt down Benicio's character.
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Re: Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

Post by WyldeMan on 6/3/2016, 8:11 am

@ForeverBlu wrote:So it's a sausage party now.

Wonder why Blunt was written out?

After The Girl on the Train this fall the only thing Emily has got going are voice roles in two movies; Animal Crackers and My Little Pony and one live action movie as Mary Poppins in the unnecessary upcoming MP sequel Mary Poppins Returns.

I can't understand the direction her career is suddenly going after so many good roles the last few years.
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Re: Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

Post by ForeverBlu on 6/3/2016, 8:38 am

Didn't she just have a baby, her and Krasinsky's second.

She might be talking time off for that.


But I see your point.

Odd choices, after breakthrough roles like Sicario and Edge of Tomorrow.

The latter got her critical acclaim.

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Re: Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

Post by WyldeMan on 6/3/2016, 9:21 am

@ForeverBlu wrote:Didn't she just have a baby, her and Krasinsky's second.

She might be talking time off for that.

But I see your point.

Odd choices, after breakthrough roles like Sicario and Edge of Tomorrow.

The latter got her critical acclaim.

Just checked and you're right, Emily is six months pregnant. Guess we know why she's suddenly doing voice work and possibly why she's not doing Soldado.

I've been reading Girl on a train is bringing her a lot of heat to so once the baby is born maybe she'll return to more dramatic roles.
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Re: Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

Post by ForeverBlu on 6/3/2016, 11:13 am

Oh, she's still pregnant.

Thought the baby was born already.

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Re: Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

Post by WyldeMan on 1/27/2017, 8:10 am

Sheridan Teases Plot Details; Has an Idea for ‘Sicario 3’
When Sicario hit theaters in 2015, few expected it to spawn a sequel. Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s thriller was a searing, thrilling indictment of America’s foreign policy, with a tremendous script by Taylor Sheridan, but it seemed to wrap up in a manner that was satisfying thematically, plot-wise, and character-wise. Regardless, Sicario 2 moved ahead with Sheridan penning the script, resulting in the now-filming follow-up Soldado.

Sheridan has since become a household name as a writer with his Oscar-nominated script for Hell or High Water, and so excitement for Soldado continues to build. On the day after his Oscar nomination I got the chance to speak with Sheridan about his new directorial effort, the thriller Wind River. The film just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to positive response, and I can attest that it carries a similar vibe to Sicario and Hell or High Water in that it plays with Western tropes, is another law enforcement-centric story, and features a pair of dynamo performances—this time from Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. It’s one hell of a promising installment from Sheridan as a director, and I can’t wait to see what he tackles next.

During the course of our conversation, I asked Sheridan how Soldado even came about given that Sicario didn’t exactly seem like sequel material. The scribe explained and also offered up some tantalizing (and terrifying) plot teases:


“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.”

When I asked Sheridan if the film still tackles a law enforcement point of view now that we know Emily Blunt’s character isn’t part of it, he offered up this ominous nugget:


“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.”

We do know that the sequel follows Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro’s characters, who were not so great dudes to begin with, and who are now operating outside the U.S. without oversight. Stefano Sollima is directing the follow-up, and in speaking further about the Sicario sequel, Sheridan revealed that it has, unfortunately, turned out to be rather timely:


“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.”

As franchises tend to come in threes, I had to ask Sheridan if there are any plans for Sicario 3 in the works, to which he replied:


“Who knows? I know what it would be if they did. I know exactly what it would be if they did.”
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Re: Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

Post by WyldeMan on 1/27/2017, 8:12 am

At least now we know why Blunt wasn't in the sequel, it was because Sheridan wanted to show the team without a babysitter, so they can be their truly vicious selves.
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Re: Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

Post by Rusty on 1/27/2017, 4:58 pm

I loved watching Sicario, but I tried a re-watch the other night for the first time in a while, and it was hard to sit through. Couldn't finish it.

The premise of illegally going back to Mexico, kidnapping one of them, bringing him back to the US to illegally interrogate him on US soil, then send him back is fucking retarded x 6.



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Re: Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

Post by WyldeMan on 8/11/2017, 8:52 am

Soldado Makes Sicario Look Like a Comedy Says Taylor SHeridan
Sicario was one of the most critically heralded movies of 2015 and helped elevate director Denis Villeneuve to one of the most in-demand directors in Hollywood. It also helped bolster writer Tayler Sheridan's career, who wrote the recent Best Picture nominee Hell or High Water, as well as the upcoming Sicario 2, which is officially titled Soldado. If you thought the first movie was dark, get ready for something really bleak because Sheridan says that the sequel is going to make the original look like a comedy.

The screenwriter recently spoke with Collider in order to promote his latest movie Wind River. During the course of the conversation, he was asked about the Sicario sequel, which doesn't yet have a release date. Taylor Sheridan revealed that he wrote the movie the way he wanted to write it and the result is something that is apparently way more dark than the first movie, which is really saying something. Here's what he had to say about it.

"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."

Sicario
didn't at all seem like the kind of movie that was capable of spawning a franchise, but that is exactly what happened. Even though Denis Villeneuve didn't return to direct Soldado, as he is busy with Blade Runner 2049 at the moment, the sequel sees the return of Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Jeffrey Donovan under the direction of Stefano Sollima (Gomorrah). If all goes well, Sicario 2 isn't going to be the end. As Taylor Sheridan tells it, there are more possible corners of this universe to explore in future installments.

"I would like there to be one more to complete that so all of a sudden I don't know what geometric shape you'd call this that you have a trilogy kicking off from a trilogy, and this one not being thematic, this one being actual, you know, it's a really unique opportunity to capitalize on something purely creatively. You know what I mean? It's a really bizarre thing to franchise, if that's the right word, which I don't think it is. You know, Sicario was successful but it was successful because Denis and the producers were, you know, they were very lean. It was very lean filmmaking. And so it didn't, by comparison to films that look like that, didn't cost very much money and so likewise with the sequel, that didn't cost much more which allows us to stay really true as opposed to trying to reach a broader audience, make a richer experience for that audience and hopefully bring in more but that's not necessarily the goal. The goal is to continue down this story, you know."

Even without Emily Blunt and her character, it sounds like Soldado could be a worthy sequel, even if it is going to be a very dark one. The movie has already been filmed and Taylor Sheridan has seen early cuts, which he feels encouraged by. Hopefully, that means Lionsgate will give the movie an official release date soon so we can get an idea of what to really expect from this movie. One thing that can be said definitively is that Sicario is far from a comedy. It's a very gritty movie. Soldado must go pretty far to make it look like a comedy by comparison.
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Re: Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

Post by ForeverBlu on 8/11/2017, 11:12 am

More violent huh?



Okay.

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Post by UltimateMarvel on 8/11/2017, 2:45 pm

YES! Don't try to make it big to reach a broader audience. The first one caught me by surprise. I love it. How much darker can it get than the first one's ending though? lol
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Re: Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

Post by WyldeMan on 8/11/2017, 5:36 pm

@UltimateMarvel wrote:YES! Don't try to make it big to reach a broader audience. The first one caught me by surprise. I love it. How much darker can it get than the first one's ending though? lol

It's about Mexican Cartels and they barely scratched the surface of what those twisted bastards do for fun or how our government allows it.
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Re: Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

Post by WyldeMan on 8/11/2017, 5:41 pm

Sicario 2: Soldado with Josh Brolin and Benecio Del Toro will open June 29, 2018.
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Re: Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

Post by WyldeMan on 9/9/2017, 2:03 pm

@Rusty wrote:I loved watching Sicario, but I tried a re-watch the other night for the first time in a while, and it was hard to sit through. Couldn't finish it.

I just had my second viewing of Sicario after all this time and couldn't believe how much I hated Blunt's character the second time around, lol. All she does is cry about jurisdiction and how they're not being polite to everybody when they're not pulling dozens of bodies out of walls.

I really do want to see the team without the babysitter cause upon second viewing she makes it very difficult to imagine a third.

However, I still love Blunt but her return was not needed and I am now thankful for this decision.
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Re: Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

Post by UltimateMarvel on 9/9/2017, 3:22 pm

@WyldeMan wrote:
@Rusty wrote:I loved watching Sicario, but I tried a re-watch the other night for the first time in a while, and it was hard to sit through. Couldn't finish it.

I just had my second viewing of Sicario after all this time and couldn't believe how much I hated Blunt's character the second time around, lol. All she does is cry about jurisdiction and how they're not being polite to everybody when they're not pulling dozens of bodies out of walls.

I really do want to see the team without the babysitter cause upon second viewing she makes it very difficult to imagine a third.

However, I still love Blunt but her return was not needed and I am now thankful for this decision.

I'm gonna watch it again before the second one too. The way it ended makes sense though for her not to return, she's not made for that life.
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Re: Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29, 2018)

Post by WyldeMan on 9/9/2017, 4:00 pm

@UltimateMarvel wrote:I'm gonna watch it again before the second one too. The way it ended makes sense though for her not to return, she's not made for that life.

Pretty sure Alejandro would blow her head off if they ever meet again, he let her get away with more than anyone else and she kept pushing.
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