When Robert Rodriguez's Sin City opened to both commercial and critical success in 2005, a sequel seemed inevitable. But four years later, Sin City 2 is still "in the pipeline." SCI FI Wire went straight to the source and asked director Rodriguez about the long-gestating project while visiting the set of Predators last week.
"I can't say no, because I don't know it's no," a noncommittal Rodriguez told a group of press. "I know [Sin City creator and co-director] Frank [Miller] wants to do it, I know I wanna do it, and it's always sort of a 'time permitting' kind of thing, but it's not like I can tell you definitely we're starting. It's not my next picture, I know that. [That] doesn't mean that it's not the picture right after, because that's still a possibility. We still talk about doing that as early as later next year, but I haven't gotten into that yet."
Miller wrote a script for the proposed sequel in 2007. "We have to look at [Miller's script] now and go, 'Is this really the one?' I think it's built up so much, like, are we really going to satisfy everybody with what we have, should we add to it? It's the thing we've always talked about, but now, two years later, going on three, we'd probably make some adjustments, but nothing that would take a long time."
Rodriguez also confirmed that Sin City 2 would contain brand-new material in addition to portions adapted from Miller's graphic novels. "That script, it was pre-existing, with some original stuff added to it to kind of catch yourself up with some characters," says Rodriguez.
It is unclear at this point which characters would be involved in the sequel and how the passing of Brittany Murphy—who portrayed Shellie in the original Sin City—might affect the storyline. (We spoke with Rodriguez before news of Murphy's death broke.)