Today in The Cube:
The Associated Press has reported that pop film auteur Robert Rodriguez will be making sequels for both Sin City and Machete. Rodriguez, probably best-known for arty action films like El Mariachi and Desperado, made the announcements at the San Diego ComicCon this week.
He said that the script for Sin City 2, based on the brilliant, uber-noir comics by Frank Miller, is currently being polished.
There have been a number of rumors about the project, including that Johnny Depp was attached to play the character of war hero/artist Wallace from the Sin City: Hell and Back miniseries, and that one of the segments would be based on an all-new Sin City story by Miller.
Personally, I'm excited about the film - the original Sin City, which adapted a handful of the comic's miniseries and one-shots, is probably the most faithful film adaptation of a comic series ever committed to celluloid (shot for shot, line for line, it almost completely mimics the panels and dialogue that Miller set to paper). If Rodriguez and crew keeps up the authenticity in the sequel, we'll have another masterpiece on our hands.
You may not be familiar with Machete. The film sprang out of a trailer that Rodriguez made as part of the Grindhouse double-feature with Quentin Tarantino. Starring Danny Trejo, Rodriguez' cousin and a veteran of many a tough-guy role as the title character, Machete follows the story of a disgraced Mexican Federale who is hired, then betrayed, by a shadowy man who asks him to commit murder. He then seeks his revenge. Jessica Alba, Cheech Marin, Robert DeNiro, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Segal and Don Johnson round out the eccentric ensemble cast. The whole point of the film is to be an over-the-top, late 1970s/early 1980s exploitation flick, and it succeeds in spades. The opening five minutes, with visceral action and scratchy film stock that looks like its been left in the can for 30 years, are inspired.
Tongue-in-cheek, at the end of the film a voiceover promises two sequels: Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again. I for one look forward to this kind of peppy, gleefully intentional B-grade entertainment in the multiplex. Rodriguez has said that by the third film he wants to put Machete in space, so here's hoping!