Sin City 2 is finally happening. No, seriously this time. After promising for years that they will get around to a sequel to their 2005 neo-noir classic "next summer" or "next fall", Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have finally nailed down a production start of "this summer" at Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas. To prove they are serious about the film going in front of cameras, Dimension Films, AR Films and Rodriguez's own Quick Draw Productions announced last night that they will even begin casting next week. The first question I am always asked is When will you make another Sin City?, Rodriquez said in a statement. 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. Officially titled Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, the film that Robert Rodriguez will again direct will be mostly based on Miller's classic Sin City story of the same name. William Monahan, screenwriter of The Departed, contributed the final polish to Miller's original screenplay late last year. Miller revealed the story a whole back;
Sin City number two is primarily an adaptation of the book A Dame to Kill For'... It also features the short story, Just Another Saturday Night and two new stories. One involving Jessica Albas character, Nancy Callahan, that I came up with for the movie in order to tie things together and make it be more united with the first.
So obviously we can expect Jessica Alba to reprise Nancy Callahan. The character is vital to the interlocking and connecting stories coming together. She also appears in A Dame To Kill For, Millers most famous Sin City story not yet adapted and a prequel to the previous events, which would see Clive Owen (we think) return as Dwight and Mickey Rourke as Marv and obviously a titular dame is needed! At one point the idea was to cast Angelina Jolie in the role of Ava, the ultimate femme fatale and she would certainly tick our boxes for the part! Clive Owen should return as Dwight. He certainly played the character in the original but in the comics (and referred to in the film) he went through major facial reconstructive surgery which could suggest another actor playing the part. Either way, he is the lead of A Dame To Kill For. The characters Gail (Rosario Dawson), Miho (Devon Aoki) and Manute (Michael Clarke Duncan) also appear in that story and all those actors have always welcomed news of a sequel. Though one man who hasnt is Mickey Rourke who has said for years he had no interest in reprising Marv for a sequel but either Rodriguez/Miller are banking on him changing his mind or they are going to re-cast when the time comes? Especially as Just Another Saturday Night is a Marv-centric story that originally ran in Sin City #1/2 and runs in the same timeline as That Yellow Bastard, adapted in the original film. The other story has long been known as The Long Bad Night with Miller/Rodriguez saving To Hell and Back (where he wants to cast Johnny Depp and Antonio Banderas) for a proposed third movie somewhere down the road. The news that Sin City 2 is going in front of cameras this summer is a huge surprise, not least because Rodriguez was moving at blistering speed on Machete Kills, a sequel that would reprise Danny Trejo in the title role and was promised to be filming around now. Instead he has bumped up Sin City 2... though we suppose there is a chance he might get a co-director to do most of the work with Machete Kills, just like he did with the original. The original Sin City was a huge ensemble and starred the likes of Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Elijah Wood, Carla Gugino, Josh Hartnett and so many more and due to the prequel nature of A Dame To Kill For, you can't automatically rule out a return for almost any of the cast whose characters died in the original as there could be a way to easily bring them back.