Robert Rodriquez and writer Frank Miller have collaborated on the follow up to the 2005 film adaption of Miller’s Dark Horse Comics crime-noir classic: Sin City.
Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For is also based on Miller’s work. This book was issued in 1993 and features a main Sin City figure, Marv, as he weaves his way through Basin City in an attempt to save the “dame to kill for” Ava Lord. The comic went on to earn an Eisner for Best Limited Series in 1995. IMDB.com describes the sequel as “The town’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.” Pretty vague, but the trailer looks like more of the same from the 1st film. A black and white canvas and green screen filmed feature that is like the Robert Altman-esqe of a comic book movie.
The original Sin City was a made for about $40 million and raked in $158,753,820 worldwide at the box office. Not a blockbuster by any means, but hardcore fans wanted a return to this world, and so apparently did many members of the cast from the first movie return like Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, and Jaime King. The first movie proved to be more atmospheric than earth-shattering.
The success of the first Sin City would also lead Miller to direct a film adaptation of Will Eisner’s classic comic character The Spirit. The Spirit was not related to Sin City in anything more than the same black and white style of Sin City, and unfortunately, had none of the pathos of Miller’s previous work. The film starred Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, and Gabriel Macht, but was still a box office and critical flop, receiving an overall 26% favorable rating with audiences, and an even more paltry 14% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
Obviously, the lack of success of The Spirit has left Miller and Rodriquez undaunted. The return to Basin City in A Dame to Kill For is set for release on August 22, 2014 and is being distributed by Aldamisa Entertainment, Demarest Films, Miramax Films, Quick Draw Productions, and Solipsist Film.
Do you think that audiences still have a hankering for more Sin City?