Sicario 3 looks like it’s back on after all

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Thriller sequel Sicario 3 has sprung back to life, and the plan is to have it serve as the final chapter in a trilogy.

The last time we were talking about the possibility of a third Sicario movie was back in April of this year, when Josh Brolin had been lamenting the death of the mid-budget film.

As he told Variety at the time, “Sicario 3, we’ve been trying to get that right and get that going, but why hasn’t it happened? How long can you wait? A tough movie to get made even though the two made money, and people are asking about it all the time”.

However, with the ending of the long-running writers’ strike in Hollywood, one unexpected beneficiary is Sicario 3, which it surely won’t be called but is pretty useful when you’re trying to type in the names of films that people might actually search for.

Black Label Media is currently the company involved in the film, a production and finance outfit that’s put its energies behind the thriller Reptile, with Benicio del Toro.

Now, Black Label – backed by sisters Rachel and Molly Smith, and brothers Thad and Trent Luckinbill – are pushing forward. Molly Smith has told The Hollywood Reporter of the film that “we’re very close” and “it’s one of the projects where we’re ready to put the train on the tracks as soon as the strike ends”.

There’s still the small matter of the ongoing actor’s strike, but talks look like they might be happening there. Also, Molly Smith has confirmed that the idea is to make the third film a concluding part of a trilogy. No cinematic universes at work here, a genuine final chapter to close things out.

Still quite a bit of work to do, clearly, to get Sicario 3 moving. But, given how pessimistic the chances of the film looked back in April, it still sounds like it’s taken giant strides forward.

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