Deadline is reporting that The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films, owned by the Weinstein Brothers, are developing Sin City for television. Writer Glen Mazzara, who's credits include The Shield and The Walking Dead is the showrunner with Len Wiseman, director of Underworld and producer of television shows such as Lucifer and Sleepy Hollow, set to produce. According to the article, the show is set to be a departure from the films, introducing new characters and storylines to the Sin City mythos.
The original Sin City, directed by legendary film director Robert Rodriguez, was a tour de force. While tackling some of the same material Rodriguez used in previous films, visually it was nothing like he ever did before. It was the closest we will probably ever see a movie that films a comic book panel for panel. The sequel, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, was good but lacked the spirit of the first movie. You want a sequel to expand on the first movie and this one failed to do that. It was more of the same and frankly forgettable.
This is a coin flip for me as to whether it can be good or not. I wish Robert Rodriguez were involved. It would have been great if he had the chance to develop this into a show for the El Rey Network. While Frank Miller is a producer on this project, one, you have to question how much involvement he really has. Two, you have to look at his work on The Spirit to see that Frank Miller being involved in a project is not a sure fire way to ensure a success. Len Wiseman's involvement scares me the most. Visually, Underworld looks great. Yet all of his projects seem to involve super models. The worlds in the projects he is involved in seem fake. Sin City is dirty. The characters are ugly and dirty. The language is salty at best. While I wouldn't expect a project like this to end up on NBC, it needs the right home in order to be presented correctly. Too many roadblocks are in place that could make this project fail before they even film the first scene which makes me scared. I want to be wrong. I would love for Sin City to be the next great television show to hit the airwaves but the team they've announced to run this show makes me think it will fail out of the gate.
So what do you think? Do you think Sin City will make a good television show? Are you worried about the team set to create this show? What do you think it would take to make Sin City a success on television? Sound off in the comments section below.
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