This is how awesome the news cycle is. One day, people are reporting that Dimension and Weinstein lost their option on a sequel to Sin City, and the next day, people are Hollywood Reporting that other outlets are looking to buy it. It’s like two news stories for the price of one.
But of course the story can’t be all that straight forward. Lawyers for The Weinstein Company are claiming that they still own the rights to develop a sequel where as several news stories (and some that are being dismissed as rumors) are reporting the opposite. Now, several producers have come out claiming that Frank Miller’s estate has offered them the rights.
As of now, four years after Sin City came out, the bigger story is whether or not the property would be all that commercially viable or whether a different combination of minds would tarnish the film’s shine. Let’s be honest, it’s going to be incredibly difficult if not impossible to improve upon the first which captured the comic’s noir pitch perfectly while delivering an artistic style that audiences hadn’t seen before. Robert Rodriguez clearly isn’t itching too hard to get another one done, and if the property is indeed up for grabs, there’s the possibility that a different studio might take the story in a different direction.
As big of a fan as I am, and as cool as I think it might be to see “A Dame to Kill For” or “Family Values” adapted for a sequel, it’s hard to get too enthusiastic if all the pieces can’t come together. It could be a great sequel or it could end up being something people deny exists while watching the original.
Of course, none of that matters right now since it doesn’t seem to have much momentum anyway.
What do you think? Do you want to see the sequel made? Even if it’s not Robert Rodriguez at the helm?