Robert Rodriguez’s new trailer for “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is out, and it features exactly the same stylized black-and-white opera of violence that made its predecessor a starkly addictive viewing experience.
Working with c0-director Frank Miller to bring his landmark graphic novel to the screen, Rodriguez’s 2005 “Sin City” might stand as one of the most faithful comic book adaptations ever made. Panel by panel, down to the last diagonal sheet of rain and stinking garbage heap, three volumes of the popular series were painstakingly “translated” to film for a movie that featured multiple story lines of grim noir action.
Miller and Rodriguez reunited once again for the upcoming film, which features such returning cast members as Jessica Alba and Mickey Rourke alongside new additions including Ray Liotta, Josh Brolin and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The visual palette remains the same — the occasional flourish of lurid color against a backdrop of harsh light and shadow.
Miller famously wrote and drew “Sin City” in 1991 with the intention of self-publishing a quick-hit, 48-page serial. Arranged around the exploits of the barely sane, tough-as-bricks hit man named Marv (later played by Rourke), out to avenge the murder of a prostitute, the first installment, “The Hard Goodbye,” ran nearly 200 pages. It eventually spawned seven volumes that feature recurring characters, baroque violence and interlocking themes.
There were never any plans to make it into a film, but Rodriguez’s persistence finally convinced Miller to take the leap.
Rodriguez, of course, is set to unveil his new “From Dusk Till Dawn” TV series on Tuesday on his El Rey Network.
“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is set to open Aug. 22.
– Chris Lee and Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex
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