Frank Miller's landmark graphic novel series Sin City is being developed for Television by former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara, and Underworld director Len Wiseman.
According to Deadline, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For producer Stephen L'Heureux will oversee the series as showrunner, with Frank Miller, Mazzara, Wiseman and Bob & Harvey Weinstein serving as producers. The small screen adaptation will utilise numerous characters not used in the two motion pictures, but that doesn't mean that we won't see new actors take on Marv, Nancy, Gail, and Hartigan.
Back in 2005, Robert Rodriguez unleashed his hyper stylised adaptation much to the delight of fans of Miller's seminal work. Aided by an all-star cast, Sin City was unlike anything we had seen before, a living breathing comic book on the big screen. Costing a very modest $40 million to make, Sin City generated almost $160 million worldwide, and a sequel was set to arrive two years later. However, it would be nine long years before we ventured to Sin City again owing to a variety of behind the scenes troubles.
Cut to 2014, and Sin City A Dame To Kill For reunites Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Powers Boothe and Bruce Willis. Adds Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green and Lady Gaga, but that wasn't enough to tempt fans back to Frank Miller's world. Sin City 2 wasn't well liked by critics, and it could only muster $39 million worldwide, less than a quarter of the first movie's haul. Arguably a reboot of some kind was always going to happen.
I'm a big fan of Sin City, and I honestly wish I enjoyed the belated follow-up more than I did. Despite costing more than the original, A Dame To Kill For somehow managed to look cheaper and didn't feel as authentic. It wasn't without some merit, Eva Green's performance as the sultry Ava Lord (the titular Dame) elevates the whole movie.
A TV series version will certainly allow more time to be devoted to a wider range of Miller's characters. Glen Mazzara has plenty of experience writing hard-edged characters from his time working on The Shield. I'll be honest, Len Wiseman (Underworld, Die Hard 4.0) directing Sin City doesn't fill me with confidence, but I'll remain open-minded until a trailer surfaces.
The Sin City series is currently being shopped around the networks, and it's believed that a decision will be made in the next couple of weeks.