Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

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.