‘Prisoners’ Director Denis Villeneuve Eyed for Female-Driven Crime Drama ‘Sicario’

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Molly Smith’s Black Label is financing and producing with Basil Iwanyk’s company Thunder Road

“Prisoners” director Denis Villeneuve is being eyed to direct “Sicario,” a crime drama written by Taylor Sheridan, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Molly Smith’s Black Label is financing and producing with Basil Iwanyk’s company Thunder Road.

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“Sicario” follows a female cop who heads to Mexico with two mercenaries tasked with hunting a drug kingpin. Once they cross the border, all hell breaks loose.

CAA is handling domestic rights, which several distributors plan to compete for.

WB/Alcon’s “Prisoners” has more than doubled its production budget, grossing $118 million worldwide and generation awards buzz for Jake Gyllenhaal‘s supporting performance.

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Villeneuve, who is the award-winning director behind “Incendies,” is repped by CAA.