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As Robert Rodriguez takes 'Sin City 2' into production, fans speculate on the logistics and the tone of the film

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(Read caption) Robert Rodriguez, who will direct 'Sin City 2', was photographed here promoting the fourth film in the 'Spy Kids' series on Jul. 31 (Gus Ruelas/STR/Reuters).

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At least six years, two grindhouse flicks, and three hyperactive children’s movies (including this year’s Spy Kids 4) will have passed by the time Robert Rodriguez actually gets to directing the eagerly-awaited Sin City 2.

Rodriguez talked up the Sin City sequel at the 2011 Comic-Con, saying that Miller has almost completed a final draft of the script and that the project could begin filming before the year is out. Familiar words, we know.

In an interview with We Got This Covered, Rodriguez revealed that Sin City 2 has also secured the necessary funding to begin moving forward. According to the independent filmmaker, he and Miller just need to put the finishing touches on the screenplay before shooting will commence.

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To quote Rodriguez directly:

“‘Sin City 2′ is going good, we’re just finishing the script for that, we already got the money. We have everything we need so we can just start shooting as soon as we get the pages… We’ve already got the budget, just waiting for the script. As soon as we’re finished writing we get to start the shoot.”

While there have been a handful of rumors about the plot, it seems most likely that Sin City 2 will be based largely on Miller’s “A Dame to Kill For” storyline from his original comic. That particular Sin City mini-series is prime material for a feature-length adaptation; however, it would also reunite familiar faces like Dwight McCarthy (Clive Owen), Marv (Mickey Rourke), and Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) on a new grisly adventure in Basin City.

Through the magic of editing and post-production, many of the original Sin City stars were able to film their respective parts without actually being on set at the same time – so reuniting certain cast members on the sequel shouldn’t be too much of an issue, regardless of their schedules. Likewise, Miller and Rodriguez will once again be using the former’s original Sin City comic book panels as storyboards for the sequel, so visually the whole project has already been structured.

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Needless to say: If you weren’t a fan of the desaturated black-and-white aesthetic of the original Sin City movie and comics, the followup won’t be your cup of tea, either.

If there’s any concern about the quality of Sin City 2, it’s with respect to any original content that Miller is writing for the film. Put bluntly, most fans agree that the comic book legend’s recent work has often felt like a self-parody at times (see: his “All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder” series and script for The Spirit) and lacked the punch of his classic stories. Hopefully, the second Sin City movie will be a return-to-form of sorts for Miller – and, depending on how you’ve felt about his recent film output, Rodriguez as well.

We’ll keep you posted on the status of Sin City 2.

Source: We Got This Covered

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Sandy Schaefer blogs at Screen Rant.

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