Frank Miller Discusses Sin City 2 Plot; Says Jessica Alba's Character Will Return
10.26.11 by BJSprecher
There has been so much talk about, but so little actual progress made on, Sin City 2 in the six years since the release of the original that, like most everyone else, we took director Robert Rodriguez's recent comment that "the time is finally coming" for a return to the violent, neo-noir world created by Frank Miller with a huge grain of salt. However, after actress Jaime King — who played the dual roles of Goldie and her twin sister, Wendy, in Sin City — confirmed the rumor that Rodriguez had hired William Monahan (The Departed) to perform re-writes on Miller's script, it seemed for the first time like the long-awaited sequel could actually become a reality.
Since King's comments, we've heard from the Academy Award-winning screenwriter himself, who called Miller's work "terrific stuff" and said that he loves "being in that Sin City world and being able to do that hard-boiled kind of thing." Monahan also allayed the fears of many Sin City fans who felt that the sequel might lose that Miller flavor by saying that his job is "essentially to be Frank Miller...while simultaneously being Monahan." Now, Miller has also gone on record about Sin City 2, revealing to MTV the stories that will make up the plot of the movie and revealing that Jessica Alba's stand-out character, Nancy Callahan, will be coming back.
The plot of the original Sin City movie was adapted from three of Miller's Sin City stories: "The Hard Goodbye," "The Big Fat Kill" and "That Yellow Bastard." It was previously revealed that Miller had written the sequel in much the same fashion, taking the bulk of the story from his "A Dame to Kill For" tale, but also writing two new stories to flesh out the screenplay. Miller confirmed this with MTV, but also added that another of his stories already in print will comprise a portion of the plot of Sin City 2.
Sin City 2 is primarily an adaptation of the book "A Dame to Kill For" [but it] also features the short story "Just Another Saturday Night" and two new stories, one involving Jessica Alba's character of Nancy Callahan that I came up with for the movie, in order to tie things together and make it be more united with the first.
That's about all I can tell you about the story right now because these things are always in flux, and I don't want to be one of those embarrassing people who says the wrong thing and it lasts forever on the internet.
Besides King and Alba, it's unclear who will return from the original cast. Assuming Rodriguez doesn't recast anyone, we can assume we will also see the return of Mickey Rourke as Marv, Michael Clarke Duncan as Manut, Rosario Dawson as Gail and Devon Aoki as Miho, all major players in "A Dame to Kill For." The one that's unclear is Clive Owen as Dwight, a character featured prominently in "A Dame to Kill For," but who appeared in Sin City after having had plastic surgery to disguise his identity. It's also possible that we could see Bruce Willis in a cameo reprisal of Hartigan despite his character's death in Sin City because the story in the sequel takes place before, during and after the events in the original movie.
Miller said that he and Rodriguez are still "finishing up the script" for the movie — curiously making no mention of Monahan's involvement — and that it "could be shooting as early as this spring."