Lionsgate is set to produce a sequel to the just released SICARIO, focusing on Benicio Del Toro’s mysterious hitman. Writer Taylor Sheridan will oversee the project while director Denis Villeneuve will be involved in an unspecified role.
Sicario was released on just six theaters this past weekend but grossed $401, 288. Its $66,881 per-screen average is the highest of the year. The crime thriller has been a smash hit with critics and currently holds an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film centers on a steely FBI agent (Emily Blunt) who finds herself involved in an off-the-books operation to bring down a Mexican drug kingpin. Josh Brolin co-stars as a morally flexible government operative.
However, despite the early praise and success, Lionsgate will be cautious in its rollout of the film. Sicario will expand to 65 locations next week before going wide October 2.
Michael O'Sullivan | Contributing Writer
This news was first reported by Variety.