Magazine article Screen International

Sicario Heads to Cannes

Magazine article Screen International

Sicario Heads to Cannes

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Lionsgate International is breathing fire into the market and has unveiled its second major sales title in the form of the Thunder Road Pictures and Black Label Media action thriller.

Denis Villeneuve, riding high on acclaim for Prisoners, which Lionsgate International also sold, will direct Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro in a story written by Taylor Sheridan.

Lionsgate has acquired US rights to Sicario, in which Blunt will play a special agent who receives guidance from Del Toro's mysterious government operative and a unit of elite fellow agents as she tracks down a crime lord. Production is set for June.

Basil Iwanyk produces through his Thunder Road Pictures label alongside Thad and Trent Luckinbill and Molly Smith through Black Label Media, as well as Edward McDonnell.

Co-president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Erik Feig, Summit Entertainment president of production Geoff Shaevitz and Lionsgate's vp of production and development Matthew Janzen will oversee for the studio. …

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