It’s Official! SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Starts Filming Summer. Michelle Williams, Mel Gibson For Machete Kills?

It’s taken seven years, yes thats right seven years and last month it took a few steps in the right direction when Robert Rodriguez mentioned the film was making movements and in the last 24 hours it looks like its reality! Yes Sin City 2 is actually coming !!! Rodriguez Quick Draw Productions, Dimension Films, AR Films have announced they will begin this summer on the production of SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR with casting for the film to begin next week.

Frank Miller the creator of Sin City graphic novel, franchise  as well co director/writer of the film version had this to say:

The first Sin City knocked out audiences who had never seen anything like it before. Robert Rodriguez and I are going to shake things up and deliver a ferocious film experience that is going to go even further than the first.

A Dame To Kill For plot has been under wraps for a long time but it didn’t stop the gossip spreading like wildfire but Rodriguez previously revealed the film will consist of three stories with A Dame To Kill For been one of them with the other two still to be announced. In the graphic novel version of the film the character Dwight is involved in a lot of the story, a character played by Clive Owen, so we could assume  he will be back to play Dwight once again which could explain why Owen turned down Oldboy. No cast is confirmed as we know that will take place next week sometime but according to the press release which came with the announcement they expect much of the first films cast of Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Carla Gugino, Josh Hartnett to sign on as they all appear at some stage in the story.

To exactly when in the summer Sin City:A Dame To Kill For will actually start filming maybe down to how well Rodriguez other sequel Machete Kills does. The director is hoping to start filming sometime in spring but that also depends on the financing he hopes to obtain at next months Cannes Film Festival. At the same he also hoping to bring onboard Oscar nominated Michelle Williams and man of the moment for the wrong reasons Mel Gibson . I’ve never seen Machete but have only heard mixed reviews about the film with too many well known names in the film made it a bit of a overkill mess, however if Williams and gibson are going to be only bigger names hopefully there parts are small enough not to make film another mess. I wont at all be surprised if Machete Kills is a direct to DVD release, if not with filming expected to start very shortly maybe next weeks Sin City 2 casting call might also be for Machete Kills too.

Here’s the press release:

AUSTIN, TX (12 April 2012) — Filmmakers Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, along with producer Alexander Rodnyansky, have announced that production will commence on the highly anticipated sequel to 2005’s Sin City, entitled Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The film will be produced by AR Films and Quick Draw Productions, financed through AR Films U.S and released domestically by Dimension Films.

“The first question I am always asked is “When will you make another Sin City? ,” said Rodriquez. “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.”

Sin City creator, screenwriter and co-director Frank Miller said, “The first Sin City knocked out audiences who had never seen anything like it before. Robert Rodriguez and I are going to shake things up and deliver a ferocious film experience that is going to go even further than the first.“

The script and details of the film’s story have been kept tightly under wraps. Casting will begin next week, with many of the original cast expected to return. The film, a Quick Draw Production, will be produced by Rodriguez and producing partners Aaron Kaufman and Iliana Nikolic; and by Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergei Bespalov and Stephen L’Hereux. Miller, The Weinstein Company’s Harvey and Bob Weinstein and Miramax’s Adam Fields will act as executive producers. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was developed by Frank Miller based upon his graphic novel, with a screenplay by Frank Miller and Academy Award winner William Monahan (The Departed). The film is expected to begin production this summer at Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas.

Alexander Rodnyansky said, “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Robert Rodriguez and Quick Draw Productions. It is a rare opportunity to produce and finance a film with the high profile and enormous fan base of the Sin City franchise. AR FIlms will be managing worldwide sales of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, as well as Robert’s Machete Kills at the Cannes Film Festival in May.”

The original Sin City was brought to the screen by Rodriguez and Miller and released by Dimension in 2005, and proved to be a landmark step forward in filmmaking, breaking ground with immersive green screen to create its iconic stylish look. The first film, released on April 1, 2005, grossed over $160 million (US) worldwide and is a consistently strong home video and television performer.

“Audiences have been clamoring for Sin City 2 with Robert and Frank for a long time and trust me, it will be worth the wait,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company. “This will be my 11th collaboration with Robert in 16 years and he’s become a great friend. I look forward to continuing our long lasting relationship and partnering on more projects in the future.”

source Deadline