As we barrel toward 2014 and assess the year in cinema that was, we hope folks don’t forget that it was quite a 2013 for low-key helmer Denis Villeneuve. He rolled into the festival season with two stunners under his arm: the wrenching “Prisoners” and the Jake Gyllenhaal double-starrer “Enemy” (recently named by TIFF as one of the Top 10 Canadian Films Of 2013). It’s quite a feat for the filmmaker—who until now was mostly known on the arthouse circuit, notably for “Incendies” and “Polytechnique“—and was quite the arrival for the filmmaker who cemented that he’s one of the best in the game right now. And now Villeneuve is considering a project that’s pretty damn exciting.
The director is circling up to helm the Mexico/U.S. border crime tale “Sicario.” Penned by Taylor Sheridan, the “No Country For Old Men“-esque tale will follow a female cop and two male delta-force rangers who cross from Tucson to Mexico to catch a drug lord, but once they cross the border, it’s a whole other more dangerous and depraved world than they were expecting. Firstly, it sounds like more morally fascinating territory for Villeneuve to work with in the construct of a genre flick, and with a woman in the lead role (pretty rare for this kind of thing), we can only imagine that it may hold some great dramatic opportunities.
Deadline cautions Villeneuve is (unsurprisingly) getting a few projects tossed his way to consider, but apparently there is already distributor interest in this one. And certainly in a time when tentpoles rule, any little leg up for a movie helps.