While the Tom Cruise collaborator has Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two on his plate, is Sicario 3 an option for him as well?
The creatives behind the gritty Mexican cartel movies, Sicario and Sicario: Day of the Soldado, have gone on to bigger things with Denis Villeneuve working on Dune Part Two and Taylor Sheridan pumping out show after show on Paramount+. Recently it’s been reported that the producers are interested in bringing back Emily Blunt to rejoin Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin for the third installment in the series, “Our idea is to get the cast back together with Benicio, Emily, and Josh, and we’ve got a great story to tell…Benicio, by nature of just working with us most recently, has been probably the closest to it at the moment.”
While the producers, Molly Smith and Trent Luckinbill, have their casting intentions, they have yet to find someone who will definitively sit in the director’s chair. However, they did reveal an interesting big-budget name who is involved in the project that could lead to the possibility of him directing. According to Collider, Smith stated, “But we don’t know who’s going to direct yet. It’s all gonna be about timing. 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.”
Christopher McQuarrie has been named dropped, which is surprising since he has not been involved with the series prior. McQuarrie is obviously tied up with Tom Cruise for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two and a gnarly R-rated film after that, so it remains to be seen if he can squeeze this project in. Sheridan himself has his hands full at Paramount, but Luckinbill says that he’s never too far from his baby. “He is so busy, and he stays close to it, and will obviously have input, too. 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.”