Back in 2013, The Weinstein Company expressed interest in bringing the world of Sin City to the small screen. They wanted the show to involve the series’ creator, Frank Miller, and the films’ co-director, Robert Rodriguez. However, they’re not involved in the Sin City show now in development – director Len Wiseman (Underworld) and showrunner Glen Mazzara (The Shield) are behind the reboot.
Below, learn more about the Sin City TV show.
According to Deadline, TWC/Dimension’s series will closely follow the comics with a “fresh take” from Mazzara. The outlet adds the show is a “far departure” from the incredibly faithful movies, so it’s a little unclear how much the series will reflect Miller’s comics. Mazzara will introduce new characters and timelines, though. Details are scarce, but networks are already circling the project.
Wiseman, who made the pilots for Lucifer and Sleep Hollow, will direct the first episode. Even if you’re not a fan of his films, he does have the right kind of eye for a series like Sin City. Stephen L’Heureux, who produced Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, is producing the series alongside Wiseman, Mazzara, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, and Frank Miller. There’s no word on the exact extent of the Sin City‘s creator’s involvement.
The movies already covered Miller’s series greatest hits and stories down to a T. It’s still remarkable how Rodriguez and Miller brought Old Town and the back alleys of Sin City to life the first time around. Right from the opening when Josh Hartnett appears on the balcony, it was apparent from the start they were doing more than justice to the comics. The filmmakers made bold choices and showed a new, inventive way of how to tackle an unconventional comic book property. When the directors returned to the world nine years later, the same wow factor wasn’t fully there, and audiences and critics were less impressed.
While ’05 film made $158 million worldwide, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For only grossed $39 million. Its performance at the box-office squashed any chance of a Sin City 3, which Rodriguez and Miller discussed months ahead of the sequel’s release. Like the sequel, it would’ve mashed together old and new stories. There were longtime rumors they wanted to tackle the “Hell and Back” storyline with Johnny Depp in the lead role.
Perhaps Wiseman and Mazzara will be the ones to finally adapt that storyline. If a network picks up the Sin City TV show, a cable network would make more sense for the property. You can’t make Sin City what it is by bringing it to Fox, Spike, or Syfy. The fans of the comics probably wouldn’t want to see Miller’s stories watered down, although maybe it could do with having some of its edges softened. Sin City‘s crudeness and lunacy maybe haven’t aged well, so maybe some toning down wouldn’t be such a bad thing in this instance.
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Source: Slash Film