Three years after the theatrical sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For hit theaters, it seems the Sin City franchise is moving to the small screen. TWC-Dimension has brought on former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazarra to write the pilot script and Len Wiseman to direct the first episode. They will both executive produce alongside Stephen L'Heureux (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), original comic book creator Frank Miller, Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein.
Deadline first broke the news of this Sin City TV series, revealing that the project is being crafted as a big departure from the two theatrical films, 2005's Sin City and 2014's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. While no specifics were given, this TV series will introduce original characters and timelines within the "Sin City universe." The report also reveals that "networks are circling" this project, but it hasn't found a home quite yet.
This isn't the first time we've heard about a potential Sin City TV series. Back in November 2013, nearly a year before Sin City: A Dame to Kill For hit theaters, The Weinstein Company was developing a Sin City series, claiming that both Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez would be involved. Today's report doesn't mention Robert Rodriguez being involved, which makes sense since the filmmaker is currently prepping 20th Century Fox's highly-anticipated Alita: Battle Angel, which hits theaters next summer. Still, even that report from November 2013 suggested the TV series was still in early stages of development, and it seemingly never got off the ground until now.
Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller both directed 2005's Sin City and 2014's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. While the original Sin City movie was a critical darling and a modest box office hit ($74.1 million domestic, $158.7 million worldwide, $40 million budget), the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was poorly received by fans and critics alike. The sequel earned a paltry $13.7 million domestic and $39.4 million worldwide from an undisclosed budget. There had been talk of a Sin City 3, but nothing has moved forward at this time.
Frank Miller's first Sin City story appeared in the Dark Horse Presents Fifth Anniversary Special in April, 1991, which would become the first of a 13-part serial that would eventually make up the trade paperback known as The Hard Goodbye. He would go on to write six more trade paperbacks, A Dame to Kill For, The Big Fat Kill, That Yellow Bastard, Family Values, Booze, Broads & Bullets and Hell & Back, which were all published throughout the 1990s. There are still several characters from the books that haven't been seen in the movies, so there is certainly plenty of stories and characters to draw from. Hopefully we'll have more on this Sin City TV series soon.