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The Sicario brand has become a full-fledged franchise with the debut of Stefano Sollima's Sicario: Day of the Soldado and the overall reaction to the intense sequel seems relatively positive. Sollima had the unenviable task of following in the footsteps of Denis Villeneuve, but he has pulled it off by delivering a satisfying sequel that feels fresh and new. With all of that said, Sollima apparently isn't interested in coming back for a third Sicario movie, as he feels that these movies need different directors to bring different styles to each installment. In a recent interview, the director explained:
Every movie in these series needs to be a standalone that stays in the same world. I'd love to watch another chapter of 'Sicario,' but it should be from a different director who has their own specific style. You shouldn't have more than one film from the same director. Then it would be too much like a real franchise.
The Sicario world is not a series like Captain America or The Dark Knight series, in which filmmakers like The Russo brothers or Christopher Nolan put their own signature spins on the characters. As Stefano Sollima explained in his recent interview with Variety, the series should feel different from movie to movie as new filmmakers come in to direct off of the scripts written by Taylor Sheridan -- who is continuing a hot streak off of other films like Hell or High Water and Wind River.
This is something that other members of the Sicario universe have already championed in the development of Sicario: Day of the Soldado. Specifically, Josh Brolin opened up to CinemaBlend in an interview ahead of the film's release and noted that he wanted Day of the Soldado to feel like a different beast when compared to the movie that preceded it. Bringing Stefano Sollima into the equation played a major role in achieving that goal, and it sounds like Sollima himself wants that to continue by handing off the series to another filmmaker in its next installment.
Besides, it's also worth noting that Stefano Sollima has other work that he needs to focus on at the moment. In addition to his recent work on Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the director is also in the process of developing a film adaptation of the Call of Duty video game series. Working on Day of the Soldado almost certainly helped prepare the Italian filmmaker for that kind of endeavor, but now he wants to see what someone else can do with the franchise that he helped to continue.
For now, make sure to take a look at CinemaBlend's comprehensive review of Sicario: Day of the Soldado and check it out in theaters for yourself! Looking ahead to the rest of this year, you can also check out our full 2018 movie premiere guide to see what other movies are on the horizon for the coming months!