It seems like Robert Rodriguez has been promising us a sequel to Sin City since the day after the original came out in 2005. His adaptation of Frank Miller’s gritty, stylish world was unique among comic book movies at the time in how closely it stuck to being a panel-to-panel adaptation of the original graphic novels (even going as far as to bring Miller on as a co-director), and though it contained a bit too much shoddy Robert Rodriguez cheesiness, it also had enough unabashed cool that it blew the hair of comic book fans back all over the world. News of the sequel becoming official has been long-awaited.

And today is the day we’ve all been waiting for. According to a press release put out by Dimension Films, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is finally on its way with both Rodriguez and Miller back in the director’s chair(s) as the main creative forces. Alexander Rodnyansky and his AR Films are the ones fronting the dough, so the film will be a co-production between his company and Rodriguez’s own Quick Draw Productions, with Dimension handling the distribution. And, of course, Harvey and Bob Weinstein have managed to get their names attached as executive producers.

Rodriguez says, “The first question I am always asked is ‘When will you make another Sin City?’ I have wanted to re-team with Frank Miller and return to the world he created since the day we wrapped the original, but have felt a duty to the fans to wait until we had something truly exceptional that would meet and exceed what have become epic expectations. A Dame To Kill For will certainly be worth the wait.”

The original graphic novel’s Amazon description explains the story as follows:

“It’s one of those hot nights, dry and windless. The kind that makes people do sweaty, secret things. Dwight’s thinking of all they ways he’s screwed up and what he’d give for one clear chance to wipe the slate clean, to dig his way out of the numb grey hell that is his life. And he’d give anything. Just to cut loose. Just to feel the fire. One more time. And then Ava calls.”

As with the original Sin City, it can be assumed that A Dame to Kill For will be a series of stories, with “A Dame to Kill For” mixed in with other Frank Miller tales. Miller will share writing credits on the film with William Monahan, who also worked on the original. Casting is set to begin next week, and production is slated for this summer at Rodriguez’s Austin-based Troublemaker Studios. [Dimension Films, via THR]

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