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Rodriguez and Miller Officially Announce 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'

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April 12, 2012

Sin City

It's been years of hype, but today, it doesn't get anymore official than a press release from Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller announcing the commencement of production on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the sequel to the 2005 graphic novel adaptation. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the second volume of the graphic novel follows Dwight (Clive Owen) stuck with only a seedy gumshoe job and some demons, thinking of all the ways he's screwed up and looking for one chance to wipe the slate clean and dig his way out of the numb gray hell that is his life. But there's likely more coming for the film sequel.

Most of the original cast is expected to return, and casting for new roles will begin next week. Over the years names like Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie have been rumored for roles, but those talents are expected to be quite busy over the next couple years. Of course, with The Weinstein Company executive producing, I'm betting they can bring in even more big talent to bring the stylish sequel to life. Either way, Rodriguez, Miller and producer Alexander Rodnyansky are excited. Rodriguez, who co-directed the first Sin City says:

“I have wanted to re-team with Frank Miller and return to the world he created since the day we wrapped the original, but have felt a duty to the fans to wait until we had something truly exceptional that would meet and exceed what have become epic expectations. 'A Dame To Kill For' will certainly be worth the wait.”

Meanwhile, Miller, the creator of the graphic novel, screenwriter and co-director with Rodriguez says:

“The first 'Sin City' knocked out audiences who had never seen anything like it before. Robert Rodriguez and I are going to shake things up and deliver a ferocious film experience that is going to go even further than the first.“

The first Sin City was quite the gritty, noir-like graphic novel adaptation with stunning visuals, and a storytelling style that felt like a direct translation of the source material. Rodriguez and Miller work quite well together, and it will be interesting to see if Quentin Tarantino acts as a guest director this time, or if another filmmaker will lend their talents this time around. Either way, fans who have been waiting 7 years now for this sequel should finally be happy to have more than empty promises and the official start of production finally here. It might be a good two years before we see the film, but we'll be waiting. Excited?

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  • Isildur_of_Numenor
    "Excited?" HELL YEAH!!!
  • Odi
    about damn time!
  • Groov
    I actually had a physical wave of relief when I read this headline. So excited!
  • http://twitter.com/AgentKidSociety Agent Kid Society
    You know when you need to take a piss, but the queue is too damn long to wait? Yeah, that relief is just an amazing feeling.... And right now, I'm pissing with joy.
  • LosZombies
    Psshh... fucking FINALLY!! Glad to hear this, i hope they bring back Greg Nicotero for the fx :D
  • Loser
    As long as Mickey Rourke is back, I am in. Mickeys Marv and that storyline made the whole movie epic
  • Lebowski
    Sin City was a lazy, loud and empty mess of a film. The performances were atrocious (Jessica Alba was especially bad) and Frank Millers script was utter fucking dreck, like pretty much everything he was written since DKR. His utter lack of subtlety, combined with RR's lack of subtlety and inability to direct actors, is just a bad combination. 
    • ur_babys_daddy
      Thank you. so overrated.
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Ethan Anderton
      I don't think the film was meant to be subtle. It's supposed to be pulpy, exaggerated and and over-the-top. Maybe just not your cup of tea?
      • Lebowski
        You make a good point Ethan, but I do love pulp - Ed Brubaker's noir series Criminal is probably the best example of pulp on the market, and it is done with immense restraint and subtlety. I honestly think that RR and Frank got so wrapped up with the look of the film that they forgot to deliver a compelling narrative. 
      • Akirakorn
        I agree with Ethan, but RR is shaky on directing actors who NEED direction. With detractors to Sin City keep in mind it was just as much an 'art project' as a movie. It was a live-action comic, made shot-for-shot; and yes they did specifically state this (RR and Miller), so it's not meant to be a polished, well written blockbuster.
    • grimjob
      I disagree, however Alba was awful. She sucks in general. The only convincing acting she's done was to get beat to death by Casey Affleck.
      • Akirakorn
        LOL as much as I love to watch her, yeah she is flaky. Unfortunatley she needs a director to, gasp, DIRECT HER, or it is painful to watch. Keep in mind kiddies, Sin City was stuffed with actors who could deliver great performances on the back of truck with paper bags and crayons for a set. Bruce Willis, Powers Boothe, Elijah Wood, Mickey Rourke, Benicio Del Toro, Rutger Hauer, Nick Stalh...
        • grimjob
          Absolutely. And I hope there's room for Michael Madsen in this one.
        • son_et_lumiere
          and what a paper bag and crayon creation it was; it looked quite fantastic, with such dedication and attention to detail, and very much the live-action comic you describe. but, if you *weren't* one of the better actors you mentioned, the limitations of the film in terms of direction and script were stark. the graphic novels are on the shelf and get re-read, but the film doesn't get similar treatment. 'pulpy, exaggerated and over the top' (as @EthanAnderton:disqus says) is absolutely fine, go for it, but while the graphic novels feel like mature works created by an adult, the film is more of an adolescent fumble. and that is fine if you're only looking for that, i guess i wanted more. perhaps i was looking for something never intended to be there. thank god for Mickey Rourke's role and story, just about saved it for me.
    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=679060636 Buddy Israel
      Username 'Lebowski'. A reference to the most overrated and unfunny film in existence. 
      • Lebowski
        I suggest you cry about it over the internet 
        • grimjob
          I think what he meant to say was "one of the greatest and most original films in existence." Damn typos.
  • http://twitter.com/Nielsen700 M.K. Nielsen
    I'm not getting excited before I see a trailer.
  • Crump's Brother
    When's The Spirit 2?
    • LosZombies
      Wow youre kidding, right? :l
      • David Banner
        Hey-hey-hey! The Spirit is a great "test-disc", to see what levels of black your HDTV or projector can handle :)
    • http://twitter.com/serke serke
       I had a ton of fun watching this movie with a friend. But we were in just the right mood and MST3-ed it up the whole time. I don't know if I would enjoy watching it again....
  • happy camper
    If Tarantino isnt involved in some way i wont hold me breath for it to live up to the first. RR cant direct without his friend close by.
    • Chris_G
      Tarantino came in and directed one scene of the film, dude.
      • happy camper
        he was on set and gave him advice. name one great film RR has done that QT was not involved in in any capacity.
  • Ehsan Davodi
    Rodriguez make treachery for directing this project soooooo long late! We wait soooooo long,many fans died in between sin city 2005 until 2014! But we pardon him and give him second chance! First sin city was excellent and surprising,but has fault in my idea! One action was very little! Entire length of movie had 2 perfect action sequences,I know in sin city story is more important than action but movie deserve more action sequences than that! And two action sequences must design more better than sin city 1! I think action in sin city 1 was good but not spectacular like lord of rings,Harry potter,avatar,transformers or every big budget movie! Aces of sin city was cinematography , plot , atmosphere and surprising scenes and RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR rated of MPAA! I love sin city but I say Rodriguez must spent money for sin city2, it deserve than money.
  • Akirakorn
    Yeah! Can't Wait. Sin City 2, starring Jonathan Schaek and Edward Furlong, out on direct streaming @ http://www.vhscinema.com in 2021! With an encore showing the following Wednesday afternoon on SciFi.
  • DoomCanoe
    bye bye Dark Knight Rises... this is the sequel ive been waiting for
  • tir na nog
    about time,could have had two sequels by now
  • Moutchy
    Really excited about this! As everybody else said: About freagin' time! Just as long as Mickey Rourke is coming back...
  • David Banner
    It's been 7 years?? Jeeeez, wtf, time flys. I remember it was said something like the next chapter would be out 2 years after. Worldwide boxoffice was $159 million for this $40 million film, what it made in all types of rentals and DvD/Blu-Ray sales, TV ect, is maybe unknown. But this little pulp gem did well. So why the hold up for the next chapter?
    • Ehsan Davodi
      Because he wants make spy kids!!!! Shorts!!!! Shark boy and lava girl!!! Mr.banner I think Rodriguez has prejudice and I hate prejudice! But I think he can compensate
  • Ehsan Davodi
    I think title "a dame to kill for" is not perfect. My idea is Sin City II itself or anything like "decay city" or "turpitude city" or "Blood City" or "Dark City" or "mad city" or "sinister city" or "Sin City Fall" or "Dark Bloody Mad Evil Decay Dead Sin City" I just don't know but I dislike a dame to kill for , sense personal not universal !
  • Voice of Reason
    I look forward to returning to Basin City even though I dont care much for RR these days. The 1st was just an impeccable nod and honor to Millers work. I hope they channel the same dedication and energy in this installment as they did the 1st time around.
  • Max Renn
    Excellent news. Sin City is a favorite. Someone just peed on Lebowski's rug, that's all.

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