When a movie comes out with no stars and a hard R rating, and STILL explodes at the box office, you just know you can expect some sequel talk. And while details are very sketchy at this point, Variety states that Frank Miller wants to mount a "300" sequel.
All specific details are being kept under wraps, but it seems like an absolute no-brainer at this point. Produced for less than $70 million, "300" has already doubled that in domestic box office receipts.
Variety’s Anne Thompson (formerly of the Hollywood Reporter) writes at length on the recent success of "300" as a harbinger of digitized cinema to come. As of today the battle flick, filmed entirely in front of green screens, has grossed $127.5 million over two weekends.
Naturally, this presents the heretofore unmentioned possibility of similarly shot sequels: according to the report, Miller is now "prepping a follow-up to ‘300’ based on another mythic tale from Greek history, but he won’t divulge details."
Mr. Miller is finalizing some details on the "Sin City 2" screenplay right now, which Variety says will be "based on Miller’s story ‘A Dame to Kill For,’ starring Jessica Alba in the title role." [Ed. note: Alba’s "Sin City" character Nancy is not, in fact, the ‘dame to kill for’ — that would be femme fatale Ava Lord, a character whose casting is still up for grabs. You listening, Rachel? Rose? Angelina??]
Last month SciFiWire reported more on plot details, with Miller explaining that "Sin City 2" would be based on "A Dame to Kill For," two other "Sin City" stories, and a brand new one centering on Alba’s nice girl-turned-stripper, Nancy Callahan: "The old ones are a couple of ‘Blue Eyes’ stories, and there’s an ‘Old Town Girls’ story, and the new one features Nancy Callahan [played by Jessica Alba] in a very different, very scary role."
Then he’s working on directing an adaptation of his own "The Spirit," but he’d be nuts to pass up an opportunity than "301" — or whatever they decide to call the thing.