One of the best known graphic novels ever made, “Sin City,” may finally come back to our screens, this time in the form of a TV show based on Frank Miller’s gritty neo-noir 1991 comic of the same name.
The news comes from Deadline, who reports that Legendary Television has secured a deal with Miller to adapt the comic for TV, and is closing in on a deal with the original film’s co-director Robert Rodriguez to join the project. According to Deadline, Legendary is guaranteeing a first season of the show, provided the company finds a network or streaming platform to pick up the project. In addition, the deal with Millor also includes a hard-R animated series for a “Sin City” prequel based on the graphic novels. Stephen L’Heureux and Silenn Thomas, who produced the sequel film “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” are expected to return to executive produce the series.
The graphic novel, which was released at the height of Frank Miller’s popularity, was a series of gritty and hard-boiled crime stories, following the lives of femmes fatale and tough guys living in Basin City. The original movie “Sin City,” came out in 2005 and became a big enough hit to warrant a follow up in 2014. The films drew several big-name actors for their ensemble cast. The first film featured Bruce Willis, Benicio del Toro, Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Carla Gugino, Elijah Wood, Rosario Dawson, Michael Clarke Duncan and more. Then the sequel went on and added Lady Gaga (before Bradley Cooper became that one person in the room to believe in her acting skills), Evan Green, Christopher Lloyd, Ray Liotta (or “Gotti” fame) and others. We don’t know if any of them would reprise their roles or if they’d be recast.
It has been a long and difficult road getting a TV show based on “Sin City” off the ground. Originally, plans for the project were announced back in 2013 by the Weinstein Company, who distributed the original films through Miramax Films, but then an announcement in 2017 stopped including Miller and was instead meant to be a reboot, until the project eventually collapsed. It wasn’t until last year, when Frank Miller got the rights to his property back following the Harvey Weinstein scandal that the wheels started turning again.