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Christopher McQuarrie and Taylor Sheridan Are Involved in ‘Sicario 3’

A third “Sicario” film is on the horizon.

Producers Molly Smith and Trent Luckinbill confirmed to Collider that a script is almost complete, albeit without publicly revealing who the screenwriter is nor the director. However, “Mission: Impossible” franchise helmer Christopher McQuarrie and original “Sicario” screenwriter-slash-“Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan will both be involved in a third installment.

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“We don’t know who’s going to direct yet. It’s all gonna be about timing,” producer Smith said. “We’ve got obviously a wealth of great partners on it, everybody from Taylor Sheridan to Chris McQuarrie as a partner on it, but it’ll all be about the timing and what aligns with everyone’s schedule.”

McQuarrie and Sheridan have not publicly been confirmed as producers.

Luckinbill added that Sheridan is “so busy” with his other project but that he “stays close” to the budding “Sicario 3.”

“[He] will obviously have input, too,” Luckinbill said of Sheridan. “Then it’s just a question of when we get schedules lined up and all of that starting to have real conversations to see who’s available and who wants to do it. So certainly, I think everybody that’s ever been involved with this has stayed really close and has stayed fans of it. So, we’ll just push forward and see what lines up and who lines up in our window.”

“Sicario” cinematographer Roger Deakins previously revealed that the first film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, was almost shot in Fort Lauderdale instead of Mexico, where the 2015 crime drama is set. The film landed a 2018 sequel, “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” with actors Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro returning sans Emily Blunt.

“There’s something really special about ‘Sicario,’ there’s something quieter and there’s something a little more intelligent in how it unravels,” Brolin said of why the first film was superior. “Different strokes, different folks.”

Deakins agreed, adding, “‘Sicario 2,’ it shows that it was big and the action sequences were amazing. I thought it was incredibly well shot, but it lacked that personality that ‘Sicario’ had. The strongest scene in all of ‘Sicario’ is the end in the kitchen where it’s just Benicio [del Toro] and Emily [Blunt] and you’re like, ‘Wow, this is so intense.’ You don’t necessarily need all that [big action].”

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