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Robert Rodriguez has been chatting it up at SXSW and CinemaBlend has a few details direct from the filmmaker’s mouth. First off, Robert says that he always tells people that Sin City 2 is “right around the corner, because that’s what everybody wants to hear” but admits that “It might be a long corner.” I’m pretty convinced that a sequel won’t happen until Miller has no other film options, and is forced to return to the franchise.

Robert went on to insist that the long talked about feature length version of Machete will happen, and that he’s “got the script” and is “ready to go”. I’ll believe it when I see it.

The most interesting quote to leave Rodriguez’s mouth was in regards to his next project Neveracker, the sci-fi action film that was announced in February — “I used to say it was, it’s kind of like Blade Runner, but that was Blade Walker. This is Blade Runner.” Wow, just Wow. I’m pretty sure he didn’t intend to slam Blade Runner, but those are strong words. If this film comes out and is another Spy Kids, he’ll also be eating them.

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I have fond memories of Sin City. A wildly stylish, over-the-top thrill ride, Sin City prooved that some graphic novels are so tailored to fit the big screen that they can make for great film adaptations, losing almost nothing in the process. Talks of a sequel started up soon after the $40-million-budgeted film made almost double that amount domestically, but with Miller occupied with The Spirit and Rodriguez off on his own adventures, the possibility seemed to fade out of sight. Until now.

IGN recently confirmed with Frank Miller that plans for the film are fully underway. “Sin City 2 is written…It’s mainly a matter of working out the details of the production. I’m hoping to do it with Robert Rodriguez again in the same circumstances that we did the first one, and we could be shooting as soon as April.” Those who followed the first film’s production will know that Miller was heavily involved in the direction of the film (Rodriguez chose to resign from the Director’s Guild, so that Miller could officially be credited as such. Miller was also a producer for the film). On Friday, IESB reported that Rosario Dawson corroborated Miller’s story, and that Dawson would be reprising her role as Gail.

Although the story hasn’t officially reported, Miller has said that the new film will be based on A Dame To Kill For (a prequel to The Hard Goodbye), and will feature stories surrounding Blue Eyes and the Old Town Girls. There will also be and an original story featuring Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba, in the first film). While I am increasingly apprehensive of Miller’s directorial debut in The Spirit, I still think that Miller and Rodriguez could probably make a great team, and I remain excited for a Sin City sequel. How about you guys?

Update: According to Superherohype, Mickey Rourke, who played Marv in the first film, is currently not interested in starring in the sequel:

No, I’m not interested in that right now. That’s not a reality right now. It’s pissing in the wind. There’s different factions going different directions there. I don’t know. That’s three hours of make up and I’m claustrophobic, so I’m going to have to work something out.

Sin CityWith Sin City 2 in some kind of delayed limbo — some people speculate that the film is stuck in the same place that Captain Jack found himself at the beginning of Pirates 3. So I’m not exactly sure how credible this is, but Frank Miller has told MTV that he is also planning to film Sin City 3.

The story would concentrate on Miller’s “Hell and Back”, about a hallucinating artist named Wallace (a part rumored to be written for Johnny Depp). As for Sin City 2, Miller says “There was just some problems above us that I don’t understand… that I don’t really want to understand.” Wonder what that means. Wonder if this has anything to do with the failure of Grindhouse…

“Robert and I have a script and we’re all raring to go. We’re aching to get started,” Miller said. “I want to work with that crew again…that wonderful cast.”

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Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan has seen the early teaser trailer for Sin City 2. If it’s anything like the first movie, than Robert has done a couple full green screen tests using real actors. He might even have a full scene shot and edited.

“Robert Rodriguez stopped by the office yesterday and showed me what may become the teaser for ‘SIN CITY 2′ and HOLY SH*T is it something. I don’t want to let any cats out of any bags, so all I can say is there’s not a hetero male moviegoer alive that’s not going to deeply DIG that spot,” Carnahan wrote on his blog. “Remember, he’s doing ‘A Dame To Kill For’ and brother has he got it. That guy’s enthusiasm for filmmaking is infectious too. A solid bloke and a good soul.”

Sin City 2 might or might not go into production next month. We can’t wait.

A new LA Times article on Frank Miller has revealed a few interesting news tidbits:

  • Miller has already interviewed actors for his big screen adaptation of Will Eisner’s The Spirit. One of the actors is a “notable Sin City star.” Any guesses on which star this could be? Filming will start this year.
  • Miller had a meeting with Superman director Richard Donner. I wonder if this was just a meet and greet or a meeting over a possible future Miller adaptation? Or may-be even a new project based on an original Miller screenplay?
  • Miller has finished 120 pages of the eventual 170 page Holy Terror, Batman! graphic novel: “Our hero’s key quote is, ‘Those clowns don’t know what terror is,’ ” Miller said. “Then he sets out to get the guys.”
  • And we finally get confirmation that there are two sequels to Sin City in the pipeline. No word on if they will be shot back-to-back.

You can read the whole article at LATimes.com.

Rachel Weisz dumps The Mummy 3 for… Sin City 2?

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Rachel Weisz will not be returning for The Mummy 3. TMZ reports that Weisz has four other projects coming “together imminently.” She also is trying to balance her new family life, as she has a 9 month year old son with The Fountain director Darren Aronofsky. The project will move on without Weisz. Universal will most likely write her character, Evelyn Carnahan O’Connell, out of the third script. Brendon Fraser, Jet Li and xXx director Rob Cohen are still officially attached. [Update: Variety has confirmed this story]
A Mummy movie without the Rachel? Count me out. Four other projects? We know Weisz is currently attached to Dirt Music (expected to start production in August 2007), The Lady from Shanghai (which is in early preproduction), and The Colossus (which begins in October 2007). She is currently filming The Brothers Bloom (which I assume will enter into post production sometime before June). That leaves Weisz’ schedule free from May-August 2007. What is the fourth project? Could it possibly be Sin City 2? The Frank Miller/Robert Rodriguez sequel is currently slated to start production in June. It seems to be a perfect fit. We have our fingers crossed.

Sin City: The TV Show?

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Grindhouse director Robert Rodriguez has small screen plans for Sin City. According to CS, the director would like to continue Frank Miller’s graphic novel adaptations as a television series. I guess the completely digitial production process could be streamlined for small screen production. But fear not, Rodriguez plans to film Sin City 2 first.
Robert made the comment on PBS’ The Charlie Rose Show (a great show for long form interviews) but we don’t have the direct quote. So there is a possibility that he may have been taken out of context. We’ll update the story if it develops. Sin City 2 is expected toi start shooting in June. Grindhouse is out now everywhere.

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On March 25th, we had the opportunity to talk with most of the stars and directors of Grindhouse. We sat down with Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn) to talk about his horror/zombie feature Planet Terror.

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