Here's some news that probably should've hit somewhere around 2006.
Seven (!) years after the release of "Sin City," filmmaking duo Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are ready to officially begin production on what was once the highly anticipated sequel, "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For."
"A Dame to Kill For" is one of the better "Sin City" books written and illustrated by Miller (this writer might even say it's the all-time best, next to "That Yellow Bastard"). The story features ex-newspaper photographer turned seedy private investigator Dwight McCarthy (before he received the plastic surgery that made him look like Clive Owen in the first movie) becoming sexually obsessed with an irresistible femme fatale (and former lover), Ava Lord (a role we have a feeling will be offered to some hottie Rodriguez alum like Rose McGowan or Salma Hayek).
Despite the fact that Dwight looks nothing like Clive Owen in this story, we can picture Rodriguez having Owen reprise the role just so the director can show off his digital wizardry in making the actor look nothing like himself.
Rodriguez and Miller will once again co-direct the film, which we assume will employ the same innovative green-screen approach taken by the first "Sin City." Miller, who co-adapted the screenplay with William Monahan ("The Departed"), teases in an official press release from Dimension Films that the sequel might even up the ante in every department: "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."
This is swell and all, but once again, "Sin City" came out seven years ago this month; geez, some series are now completely rebooted in less time. Does anyone really care anymore? Rodriguez assures us that the sequel is something to get excited about: "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."
Casting on "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" will commence next week, which means production will probably get underway sometime this summer. Get ready for another trip to the meanest town in comics.