‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Pushed Back to Summer 2014

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Iron Man and Superman’s latest adventures were also their most grim to date, and the comic book movie crowd is only going to become more dark and twisted over the forthcoming months (see: The Wolverine and Kick-Ass 2). For some, this was all part of the warmup for this October’s helping of brutal violence, when Frank Miller’s graphic novel neo-Noir Sin City would return to the big screen under Robert Rodriguez’ direction, in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

However, those anxiously waiting to see the overdue Sin City movie sequel will have to keep being patient, now that the film has been pushed back another year from October 2013 to August 2014. Dimension Films and the Weinstein Company have yet to give an official reason for the delay, at the time of writing this; meanwhile, Rodriguez is still going to release his first non-Spy Kids movie in three years this September, in the shape of the Grindhouse throwback sequel Machete Kills.

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The Sin City sequel, like its predecessor, is a collection of short stories that jump back and forth in time, but are woven together by the various inhabitants of Basin City. Miller’s “A Dame to Kill For” comic story serves as the unifying thread, with Josh Brolin playing Dwight McCarthy – the younger version of Clive Owen’s character in the first movie – and Eva Green as the femme fatale Ava Lord. Miller wrote some original story material for Rodriguez’ sequel, alongside Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (of The Departed fame).

It’s possible that Dimenson and the Weinsteins decided that Sin City 2 would fare better during the dog days of Summer, as opposed to an early Fall launch date (a spot which failed to serve last year’s violent Dredd comic book adaptation well). Warner Bros. has postponed 300: Rise of an Empire – which is another Miller comic adaptation starring Green – from this August until March of next year; that may have, likewise, affected the decision to delay the Sin City sequel… again.

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A Dame to Kill For reunites Rodriguez and Miller with several of the cast members from the first Sin City film (including Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis), in addition to talented new players like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ray Liotta, among others. Nonetheless, it’s hard to shake that feeling that Sin City released at the right time – during the modern comic book movie renaissance – and that Rodriguez’ attempt to top that film’s extreme stylization by incorporating 3D just won’t have the same impact (regardless of how well it’s done).

Similarly, it’s fair to say that many people has abandoned their faith in Miller’s storytelling abilities, after his writing-directing film debut on The Spirit and recent comic book work (see: “All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder”); that Sin City 2 includes newly-written material from Miller, won’t help the film’s cause in that regard (even when taking into consideration that Monahan handled revisions on the script).

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By comparison, the next 300 installment – based on Miller’s “Xerxes” comic book – was co-adapted for the screen by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad, but Snyder had to pass over the director responsibilities to Noam Murro (Smart People). Last week, the Rise of an Empire trailer premiered and managed to surpass many a film buff’s expectations (which, admittedly, wasn’t all that difficult); yet, the footage on display wasn’t impressive enough to really ease the general concerns that maybe 300 should’ve been a one-off movie.

How about it: are you still excited to see both the Sin City and 300 (pseudo-)sequels on the big screen? Or have you jumped off these bandwagons, given how much time has passed since the first movies – Sin City released in 2005, 300 in 2007 – and the increasingly dubious quality of Miller’s comic book writing over the past decade?

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300: Rise of an Empire opens in U.S. theaters on March 7th, 2014.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For arrives in theaters on August 22nd, 2014.

Source: Exhibitor Relations

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  1. Sandy, you made a typo at the end.

    “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For arrives in theaters on August 22nd, 2013*”

    • Yikes, my bad, thanks for catching that!

      It’s been corrected.

  2. I’m much more excited for the next Sin City than 300. I liked the first 300 and thought The Spirit was just bad. I haven’t read any of Miller’s new comic book writing.

  3. hey im well ok it being pushed back ….a good director doesnt let crap flow untomthe silverscreen

  4. Sin City = Yes
    Empire = Nah

  5. I loved Sin City. I’m glad to hear about some returning cast, especially Willis. But what’s with Brolin playing a younger version of Clive Owen’s character? Brolin is 45…

    I’ll definitely be watching. I love a lot of other work by the people putting this movie together and expect that they’re going to have a hit and miss record, it doesn’t mean anything they touch is dead in the water.

    As far as the 300 sequel, I’ll probably wait for it to come out on Amazon or Vudu.

    • I believe Clive Owen’s character had reconstructive surgery prior to Sin City.

    • You remember Dwight’s story right? That’s why Brolin is playing Dwight. I believe it will make more sense once we see the finished product, and it’d best be worth the wait.

      • There’s also a brief reference to Dwight’s “new face” in the first Sin City movie.

        We’ll be getting the story behind that in the sequel.

        • Oh, good point, it’s been a few years since I’ve seen it. He’s older in Sin city, but looks younger because of the surgery. Makes sense :) I hope he does Clive Owen’s part justice, I really enjoyed his character. I haven’t seen much of Brolin’s work.

  6. It was originally slated to come out this year?
    I’m not surprised they pushed it back, given that there’s been no teaser trailer of any sort and only a couple of stills to tell us the movie’s even being filmed.

  7. ARG!!! I fell in love with Sin City when it came on TV, couldn’t believe i had missed out on the movie until this year. Pains me to see it held off, this was my second most anticipated movie after the Hobbit :( oh well at least it wasn’t scrapped.

  8. We all saw this coming right? They just barely started production yesterday it seems like. I just wonder why they put the release date so soon in the first place.

  9. Can’t wait to see this movie… Loved the Books Frank Miller’s writing is amazing as is the Noir style art that was incased behind that Cover and back.

  10. Rolling the release date nowadays could mean a number of things: the film needs more post-production work; the day&date (competition); or timing (time of the year).

    Personally, SIN CITY is Robert Rodriquez’s best work, among the more “unique” motion pictures released so far this century — and, as such, should NOT be sequeled. Too late.

    300…is a one-off, which I viewed one time then made a gift of the DVD. Again, a unique film for which there is no sequel; in Greek mythology they all died, however, on screen everything is immortal.

    A movie is “written” three times: first as text (screenplay) then during principal photography (director/actor collaboration) and finally in post-production (where a collage of activity alters the final product).

    This being so, both films are collecting dust…or still being written.

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