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The new film Sin City: A Dame to Die For won’t be the only project to transfer Frank Miller’s stark noir tales from the comic page to the screen. In fact, that film may be swiftly followed by a new Sin City TV show.

Harvey Weinstein, like many other producers, has started to see TV as the safest medium in which to earn a few bucks. ”The way to add stability to the company is to be in the television business,” he recently told the New York Times, elaborating that he wants a TV division “as powerful as the theatrical division.” With many a mention of the limited earnings potential of standalone films, which “may fade without creating spinoffs and sequels,” what we see is inspiration from others who are trying to use movies as a way to bring audiences to TV.

So among the offerings the Weinsteins are trying to assemble are the Sin City show, and also a new limited series based on The Mist.

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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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A couple new t-shirt designs of note where released earlier this week on Threadless: Andy Farrell’s Sin City is a literal parody of the Frank Miller graphic novel Sin City and Tony Moore’s zombie-focused Every Night I Have the Same Dream, Issue 2, Vol. 1. Both designs are available for only $10 for a limited time (on sale from $20). So act fast. Hit the jump to see the full designs.
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I think most everyone has given up the idea of a Sin City sequel, especially after Frank Miller‘s The Spirit tainted the memory of the original Robert Rodriguez co-directed comic book adaptation. Everyone involved with the original 2005 film has been talking up a sequel for the last four years. Rodrgieuz admitted in March that he’s gotten so use to telling people that “right around the corner, because that’s what everybody wants to hear” but that “It might be a long corner.”

To promote the Blu-ray release, Rodriguez has been doing press, and now claims that he is beginning talks with his creative team and could begin filming as early as next year. The filmmaker tells IGN that “next week we’re going to talk about it some more and get a timing on when we’d be doing it. But there’s a lot of people who are interested in it. … We are definitely going to do that one.”

But this isn’t the first time Rodriguez has put a date on record. Last year Rodriguez said that production could begin by April 2009.

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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.

Minutes after the panel for Frank Miller‘s green screen opus,The Spirit, was over at Comic Con, the Internet exploded like a million snarky bottle rockets, sending up enlightened texts like, “The Spirit, LOL, looks like Sin Shitty,” and the trusty “EPIC FAIL!” Yes, on that marvelous day, the vista view enjoyed from the confines of Twitter was like sipping a Corona inside the Green Zone. Well, the Con footage has now popped (pooped?) up on YouTube. I might as well let the Slashfilmbot take over from here. Samuel L. Jackson caps off this clip by declaring, “C’mon! Toilets are always funny.” Polite fanboy laughter only adds to the cringe factor, like a really bad SNL skit.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE SPIRIT’s TOILET FIGHT.

UPDATE: Clip was removed.

Discuss: Describe the footage in five words or less.

Cool Stuff: Tom Whalen’s Poster Art

34-year-old illustrator/designer Tom Whalen has been creating geekarific fan art for the last few years. His original Star Wars posters (seen above) are reminiscent of Eric Tan’s work (which we’ve featured recently on the site). Click on the image above for a better look.

“I love those movies (the Star Wars trilogy) and had to pay homage to them!” Whalen told me before confirming that a Return of the Jedi poster is also planned, “complete with Slave Leia”.

The art is created using a mechanical pencil and adobe illustrator. Whalen says his style is heavily inspired by Russian constructivist poster art, the design of Saul Bass, years of comic book collecting and his “unhealthy obsession with Japanese giant monster movies”.

“Like many others, I’m sick to death of tired photoshop montages passing as movie poster art!”

Whalen works as an editorial illustrator for a medical magazine. While experimenting with styles a few years back, he has come up with the graphic profile that’s been evolving ever since.

“I [was] inspired by the fantastic painted art that always accompanied horror movies and decided to translate some of those classic movies into my style.”

“My all-time favorite horror film is halloween… I may work up a full movie poster for that one once October rolls around!”

So what’s up next?

“I have a few commissions lined up right now and i’m creating a line of original faux movie posters for cinema-suicide… as well working as the biggest project of them all… a four-week old newborn!”

“I haven’t done any professional movie work, but it really is a dream of mine…”

Whalen sells some of his art at conventions and festivals, so if you’re looking on obtaining a print or have any commission work, contact Tom directly at tom@strongstuff.net. Or you can check out more of Tom’s creations on his DeviantArt profile or his portfolio blog StrongStuff.net.

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