William Monahan to Work on Frank Miller’s Script for SIN CITY 2

     August 29, 2011


Sin City 2, which has lived in development hell for the past six years, may finally be coming to life.  Director Robert Rodriguez says he now has financing for the flick and he would shoot the film before the year was out as long as he had a quality script.  However, he also hit upon a unique problem with the original Sin City in that the movie was not so much written as it simply used Frank Miller’s comics as a storyboard while bringing hardly anything new to the table.  It remains the strongest case for why a 100% faithful adaptation is pointless.

But I have some hope that Sin City 2 may be better because Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed) is coming on board to work on the script.  Hit the jump for more.

Miller wrote the original draft of the script and THR reports that Monahan has been hired to work on and supplement the screenplay.  Rodriguez hinted at Comic-Con that all of the characters who survived the first film would return for the sequel.  Usually that’s a tough task to round up an ensemble cast to shoot their scenes together and finding time in all their schedules.  Sin City 2 will likely dodge that problem by shooting the entire movie on green screen and dividing the movie into multiple segments.  While Rodriguez can round up name actors, he’s really only hiring them for 40-minute movies (provided the sequel is structured like the original).

Monahan’s stayed in high demand ever since The Departed (writing a box office hit and winning an Oscar for it tends to have that effect).  He wrote the original draft of the screenplay for Joseph Kosinski’s Horizons starring Tom Cruise, and last week we reported that Monahan was re-teaming with Martin Scorsese to write a remake of The Gambler.  Monahan’s directorial debut, London Boulevard, is set to finally make its US debut on VOD on October 5th.


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  • PatLang

    Well, how else are you going to translate it to screen? Goes to show how ignorant you are.

  • Jon

    Do you actually like anything?

  • mrbatmatt

    2 things: Glad to see it’s going to be ORIGINAL material and not a crappy photocopy of the comics and Happy to hear someone with a great grasp for telling compelling stories is polishing the script. Hoping for the best bust still expecting the worst… this is after all going to be directed Spy Kids 4D… not sure I want to SMELL a sin city movie, I just want it to be GOOD!

  • sloan

    dear matt g: I hate you with the fire a thousand suns. that is all

  • The Train!

    Matt G:

    Could you elaborate on why Sin City is an example of why making 100% faithful adaptations is pointless?

    For me, while I thoroughly enjoyed The Watchmen, I would say that it’s the best example of why a 100% faithful adaptation (or, 95% faithful) is pointless. The closer that movie came to the book, the further away from the book it went.

  • Ron

    Please find a way to resurrect Carla because I must see those big CANS again!!!

  • FincherFan

    Matt, I am completely honest when I say that I strongly dislike you, or, rather, your writing. Please stop being so negative all of the time!!!! BE OPTIMISTIC!!!! I honestly don’t know why Collider keeps giving you articles to write.

  • JasonMan

    Very interesting combo here.

    The writer of one of the worst and most racist remakes ever (The Departed) tapped on to write one of the most over-rated movies of the last decade.

    • JasonISanIdiot

      Very interesting combo here.

      The worst poster on collider.com putting his input on an article written by the worst writer on collider of the last decade.

      • JasonMan

        Well what do we have here? :)

        One of the most butthurt posters that I’ve owned on this site using one of the worst attempts at an internet jab by writing a lame insult that copies my name and my comments to compensate for his lack of wit.

      • Nick Hart

        shut up, both of you

      • JasonMan

        No, Nick. No.

  • Elitist Prick


    I loved Sin City and would love to see another one, but this thing has been in development hell for so long that I’ll only believe a sequel is coming out when I see the trailer. All the aspects that make it feasible (the segmented format and the green screen sets are cost-saving measures, allowing the filmmakers to pack the movie with big names on the relative cheap) were still in play five years ago, yet it didn’t happen. Monahan’s presence might improve matters, but screenwriters, even Oscar-winning ones, are just below craft services in the Hollywood hierarchy. But hey, BATTLESHIP MOVIE you guys! That’s happening!

  • Atom

    I’ll believe it when I see a trailer.
    Also, I suppose they’ll have to recast Shelly since “all of the characters who survived the first film” are returning.

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