By Will Robinson
September 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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The crushing crime thriller Sicario has only popped up in a handful of theaters since its Friday release, but the reception has been so positive that Lionsgate is already planning a follow-up.

The studio is developing a sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s film centered around Benicio Del Toro’s character. The Oscar winner plays Alejandro, a mysterious assassin who teams up with FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) in trying to take down a Mexican drug lord.

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“Before the release of this movie, I was talking to Denis and I said, ‘What happened to this character?'” Lionsgate co-chair Patrick Wachsberger told Variety. “Where is Benicio going?”

Taylor Sheridan, the film’s writer, is driving the project. Villeneuve is involved, but whether he’ll direct again remains to be determined.

Variety first reported this development.

Sicario is set for a wide release Oct. 2.

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