Brolin mentioned rewrites at the time, and judging by the producers’ latest quotes, it sounds like those may have still been going on when the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes effectively shut down Hollywood earlier this year. “Like Trent said, the strike has just slowed us down a bit on this last draft, but I think everybody is very excited,” Smith told the outlet.
Brolin also opened up this year about difficulties getting the film made, telling Variety, “‘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?” He called the third installment “a tough movie to get made” despite the fact that the first two were lucrative and people often ask him about a third film. Though it now sounds like the movie is a pretty sure bet, it’s worth noting that upon release, “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” ended up at the center of an impassioned social media discourse about the portrayal of Mexican culture and drug cartels on screen. Taylor Sheridan, who wrote both films, has also been scrutinized for his methods and attitudes as a writer after a THR profile full of polarizing sound bites dropped in June.
Still, “Sicario 3” seems to be in the works, and Blunt’s morally compromised agent will hopefully return. “Everyone sort of knows the framework of the story and is very excited to, hopefully, get our shooting draft in order very soon,” Smith told Collider. The untitled sequel does not yet have a release date.