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Cannes: Robert Rodriguez Talks Sequels
Director on Sin City 2 and Machete Kills

19 May 2012  |  Written by Nick de Semlyen  

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It’s been five days since promo posters appeared online for Robert Rodriguez sequels Sin City: A Dame To Kill For and Machete Kills, and today the director arrived in Cannes to talk up the two projects. Sitting down with Empire on a hotel rooftop, clad head to toe in black, he let slip some details about the two films, which will shoot back-to-back (starting with Machete) later this summer.

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Poster

He promises that Sin City 2 will be even more super-stylised than the original, hewing closer to the look of Frank Miller’s graphic novels. “I really held back the first time, because I didn’t know whether audiences would go for it. So it ended up looking like a real movie, but in black and white, with a few flourishes. This one is going to push way further towards the books. It’s going to shock and surprise people.”

Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba are confirmed to return, but Rodriguez won’t be drawn on other casting, except to say that he’ll be meeting some “seriously big names” in LA over the next fortnight. (A correction to an earlier version of this article: Clive Owen's return, or otherwise, has not yet been announced.)

Fans have speculated for years that Ava Lord, the dame of the title and ultimate femme fatale, will be played by Angelina Jolie. That may or may not turn out to be true. “It’s a great part for any actress,” is all the director will say. “She’s completely diabolical with no mercy. She’s as evil as evil gets.”

On Machete 2, Rodriguez says not to believe what you’ve read online. “That synopsis we put out is misdirection — it’s all fake. Machete is recruited by the President, that’s true, but there’s no cartel leader and the weapon in space is just one of our early story ideas. That said, there is still a space element, for sure. We’ve given the character a much bigger playground. It’s going to be like a James Bond movie, with a Bond-style villain.”

That villain, of course, will be played by Mel Gibson, whom Rodriguez has known for years. “Mel’s just a badass,” Rodriguez grins. “We have the same attorney and we’ve talked over the years about stuff we’re making. This won’t just be him grinning, doing bad-guy stuff. He’s going to do something with it that’ll really get people talking.”

Dr. No meets Gibbo? This could get weird…

For more on Sin City 2 and Machete Kills, check out future issues of Empire.


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Your Comments

It's been too long!
A Sin City sequel is in strong demand and I feel the wait has been too long! The first one is superb and it's great to hear Rourke will be back on board. Machete was entertaining but there is a whole lot of room for improvement so hopefully it will have a better script this time round! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 12:11 on 23 May 2012 | Report This Post

Desperado 2
Razors have you not heard of Once Upon a Time in Mexico? Anyway am really looking forward to both of these! Loved Machete and love that it will have Gibbo in it! More

Posted by Andybee76 at 08:13 on 20 May 2012 | Report This Post

Predators sequel
how come you didn't ask him about that? More

Posted by Hughezyvstheworld at 08:09 on 20 May 2012 | Report This Post

UH OH A MISTAKE "On Machete 2, Rodriguez says not to believe what you’re read online. " More

Posted by callumshell1 at 00:21 on 20 May 2012 | Report This Post

Yes to sequels
Machete was great, sin city I fell asleep in. What about a Desperados 2? More

Posted by Razors at 00:13 on 20 May 2012 | Report This Post

Super excited about Sin City 2. Don't really care about Machete Kills, apart from Mel Gibson's bad guy. More

Posted by Whistler at 23:07 on 19 May 2012 | Report This Post


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