Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For
In April of 2005, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's noir Sin City captured the attention of both comic book fans as well as aficionados of crime cinema. The movie's cartoonish, over-the-top violence set a new high watermark as far as gritty, graphic violence goes, and the inventive use of both color and black & white film for effect made the movie unique amongst other comic book adaptations. After opening to $29.1 million and finishing up with $73 million, a sequel wasn't exactly certain, though the movie certainly made a profit. However, with the Weinstein brothers starting their own new distribution company and bringing Rodriguez along with them as a primary member of their talent force, Sin City 2 was quickly given the go ahead.
The first film was based on the graphic novels of Frank Miller, who joined Rodriguez as co-director and scripter. The interconnecting tales had three men at their center - the man-monster Marv (Mickey Rourke), the grizzled and world-weary cop Hartigan (Bruce Willis), and the nearly deranged vigilante Dwight (Clive Owen). While the stories of the film focused on these larger-than-life characters, they were also surrounded by memorable women - stripper Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba), waitress Shellie (Brittany Murphy), and a host of self-defensive prostitutes (Rosario Dawson, Devon Aoki and Alexis Bledel included). All of them were involved in battling some force of evil - whether it be an unseen murderer of a beautiful, generous hooker; a sick and demented child molester/murderer; and a bad cop with even worse intentions.
There's still a fair amount of material that Miller can draw from to continue the story on film. For example, while we saw a portion of Dwight's tale played out, there's a pretty intriguing back story there that was not included. Additionally, the Josh Hartnett character whose scenes bookended the first movie looks to have a great deal of potential as well.
To that end, Miller is currently at work on a screenplay and plans are in place for the sequel to be started once he completes work on The Spirit. (Kim Hollis/BOP)