Announcements of remakes, reboots, and sequels don’t really come as much of a surprise in the film industry anymore. However, even for Hollywood standards – this next one is pretty surprising.
Lionsgate is preparing for a wide release of their new crime-thriller, Sicario, (read our review here) in just a few short weeks, and judging by the critical acclaim that the movie has been receiving up to this point, it looks like they might have an awards contender on their hands. With several of the actors being praised for their performances as well, it’s seemed like a majority of the critics and audiences have reacted more-than-well to Benicio del Toro’s Alejandro in the film, a mysterious and deadly character that Emily Blunt’s Kate Macer meets during her time on an unidentified US task force.
Well, it looks like we’re not the only ones.
According to a new report by Variety, Lionsgate is reportedly working on a sequel to the film already, that will be focusing entirely on del Toro’s character in the film. Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan is reportedly back and overseeing the sequel’s process, with director Denis Villeneuve also said to be involved as well, although whether or not he would return as the sequel’s director is unknown.
Now, in order to avoid spoiling anything for the large majority of moviegoers out there who still have yet to see the film, I won’t go too far into my thoughts on this. I will say that it’s not surprising the studio might want to do more with del Toro’s character, as he damn near steals the entire movie for a large portion of it. The actor is already receiving critical acclaim for his performance, and should be receiving a Best Supporting Actor nomination come awards season, at the very least honestly.
However, this sequel runs the same risk that I think a prequel to a movie like The Shining does, which is the possibility of taking away too much mystery from something. A lot of what is so magnetic about del Toro’s character in the movie (aside from the actor’s performance) is just how much we don’t know about him. Most of what we learn about his character, we learn from other characters, as audiences are sometimes left to piece the puzzle together themselves.
I’m sort of split on this decision. It all depends on who ends up being involved in the project, as well as what the story would focus on. I wouldn’t mind seeing more from del Toro’s character, I just don’t want to see too much from him at the same time. Right now though, this is merely hearsay and the project could go nowhere, and honestly, all you should focus about right now is finding out how soon you can see Sicario. You won’t want to miss it.
Sicario is in limited theatres now, with a wide release set for October 2nd.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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