It seems no one in Hollywood can make a big-budget movie these days without sitting down with Joseph Gordon-Levitt at some point or other. In the past few months, he’s been rumored for Warner Bros.’ Justice League and tested for Guardians of the Galaxy. Just hours ago, we learned he’d actually been offered (and turned down) Gareth Edward’s Godzilla. Now Dimension Films has announced that he’s signed on for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller‘s long-awaited comic book sequel. More details after the jump.

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Very few men could step into the very big shoes left by late actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who passed away earlier this year. In 2005, the actor best know for his work in The Green Mile and Armageddon played a bad-ass bodyguard in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller‘s film Sin City, which is currently shooting a sequel, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Duncan’s role, Manute, plays a part in the film and unfortunately, his passing has forced the director to recast. Their choice is a great one, though: the former TV President of the United States, insurance spokesman and power-hitting Indian, Dennis Haysbert. Read the official statement and what the role will entail after the jump. Read More »

As soon as Robert Rodriguez finished filming Machete Kills, he jumped right into his next movie. That movie is Sin City 2, aka Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, which began filming on Monday with two actresses familiar with the genre. Jaime King is returning for the sequel, playing the sister of her character from the first movie, and Jamie Chung is playing the role Devon Aoki had in the 2005 original.

Rodriguez is co-directing once again with Frank Miller, who wrote the original comics and, once again, the movie will consist of multiple stories. However, unlike the original movie, one of the stories in the sequel is brand new and written specifically for the film. A Dame to Kill For is scheduled for release October 4, 2013. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Today’s Sequel Bits features all kinds, from Depression-era gangsters to noirish femme fatales to drunken school bus drivers. After the jump:

  • Nick Swardson and Cheri Oteri board Grown-Ups 2
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For gets its first teaser poster
  • A new G.I. Joe: Retaliation image shows Cobra Commander
  • Seth Grahame-Smith is a little intimidated by Beetlejuice 2
  • Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz talk Tron: Uprising
  • Paramount is letting a Godfather (book) prequel go forward
  • Jon Favreau likes where Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 is headed

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Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have been talking about doing a Sin City sequel for seven years now. It seems like every interview they have given since the release of the 2005 graphic novel adaptation, they’ve teased that the project is almost ready to go. They’ve been doing this so long now that most film journalists have stopped reporting on the quotes. Well, it now appears that production is gearing up for the film as Dimension Films has sent out an official press release to announce such.

The sequel will be titled Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, and will be again directed by both Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. Story details are being kept under wraps, but Miller promises that they are “going to shake things up and deliver a ferocious film experience that is going to go even further than the first.“ They’re also claiming that casting will begin next week, “with many of the original cast expected to return.” Shooting will begin this Summer. And with Rodriguez at the helm, we’d have to assume the second helping will be shot and distributed in 3D. Read the full press release after the jump.

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Titan Books has provided /Film with an exclusive excerpt from David Hughes‘ upcoming book Tales From Development Hell: The Greatest Movies Never Made? I’ve had a preview copy of the new updated edition and have been enjoying it thoroughly. There is some truly great and frustrating stories within — including the big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s Sandman, Ridley Scott‘s Crisis in the Hot Zone which collapsed days before filming, James Cameron‘s Fantastic Voyage, the long road to bring The Lord of the Rings to the big screen (one incarnation featured the Beatles), the many scripts and long development of Indiana Jones 4, and many others.

Probably the best chapter in the book focuses on the history of Batman adaptations, including Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller‘s adaptation of Batman: Year One starring Clint Eastwood. After the jump you will find an excerpt of this chapter.

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Briefly: The cast is shaping up for Noam Murro‘s prequel to the unexpected blockbuster hit 300. The film, 300: The Battle of Artemisia, is scripted by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad based on Frank Miller‘s graphic novel Xerxes, and we’ve had a couple major cast announcements in the past few weeks: Sullivan Stapleton is playing Greek warlord Themosticles; Rodrigo Santoro is returning to play the Persian leader Xerxes; and Eva Green will be the title character Artemisia.

Now Jamie Blackley, recently seen (by some) in William Monahan’s London Boulevard and soon to be on screens in Snow White and the Huntsman, has been cast in a role that is described as one of the co-leads of the film. He’ll be Calisto, “a teen whose desire to become the heroic man/soldier his father was leads the 16-year-old to become a leader of a small band of soldiers.” [Deadline]

Does Christian Bale feel pressure with The Dark Knight Rises being released? What are comic legends Alan Moore and Frank Miller debating about? When can we expect a solid update on David Slade‘s Daredevil movie? Will Avenger fans recognize the villains in the film? Want to see how Steve Buscemi made fun of Batman on this week’s Saturday Night Live? How did Hans Zimmer come up with his participatory score for The Dark Knight Rises? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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