And I guess also thanks to the cult comics that first appeared in a 1991 issue of Dark Horse Presents Fifth Anniversary Special. Frank Miller’s neo-noir comics finished their run in 2000 before becoming a movie co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Miller in 2005. Sin City was a hit, making $158.8 million on a $40 million budget. The sequel would not appear until 2014, making only $39 million on a $65 million budget.
That’s not great, but it’s like Hollywood always says, “Eh, fuck it. Let’s try it on television.”
The good news is that there will be an all new cast of characters apart from Rodriguez’s films. I mean, if you hated the characters it is good news. I quite adore Marv (Mickey Rourke) and Gail (Rosario Dawson). Miller’s style and setting will be kept, but new characters, timelines (?), and story lines are expected for the series.
Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead) is being identified as writing the series while Len Wiseman (Underworld) is being tapped as director. Lest you think this means the series already has a home, I must tell you that this is not the case. Mazzara and Wiseman are getting together with Miller and Bob & Harvey Weinstein to get the project pulled together before shopping it around.
My feeling is that HBO would be a good home for the series, considering the violence, nudity, and objectification of women woven so deeply into the source material. It could handle the production budget and get bigger names to populate Basin City. HBO could take the series to places that the movies and comics either couldn’t or didn’t get a chance to go.
Another option would be Netflix, since they’re all up in the original programming grill. I’m guessing they’ve got access to a similar budget as HBO and the same pool of Hollywood talent. Again, this would be a place where a series like Sin City could be at home without sacrificing the things that fans like to see.