More news is emerging about the follow up film to last year’s “Sicario.” “Soldado,” which until now was presumed to be a sequel, is now apparently being touted as the first of a standalone trilogy series.

Director Stefano Sollima recently told The Independent, “the idea is to make three anthology movies with some of the core actors and [set] in the same world.” “Soldado” would be the first of these films.

Sollima further explained, “It’s not a real sequel. It’s absolutely a standalone movie — a completely different story with just two of the characters that you met in ‘Sicario.’ The reason that I love [‘Soldado’] is because it’s not exactly a sequel; it’s something you can catch and enjoy even if you haven’t watched the first one.”

A lot can change on a film in two months. In the beginning of April it was announced that a “Sicario” sequel was fully in the works, with scribe Taylor Sheridan back to pen the script. It was assumed at the time that the main players in the first film – Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin and director Denis Villeneuve – would be back. That was not the case.

The Hollywood Reporter reported that Villeneuve’s schedule was too full, so he passed on the project and Sollima took the reins. The report also noted that Brolin and Del Toro would both be returning, but Blunt was no longer attached to the project.

The first film, which followed a principled FBI agent recruited by the government to take down the leader of a powerful Mexican drug cartel, was a surprise hit. It went on to gross $80 million worldwide (the budget for the film was $30 million) and racked up three Academy Award nominations for cinematography, score and sound editing.


No word yet on when “Soldado” will be filmed or released.