Seven years after the release of the first film based on the popular and award-winning Dark Horse graphic novel series by Frank Miller, we now have an official release date for the long-awaited sequel. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For will open on October 4, 2013, as confirmed by a new teaser poster. Co-directed once again by Miller and Robert Rodriguez, the movie will adapt not just the titular story but also, in the fashion of the first film, other disparate yet interconnected tales from the comics as well as a brand new Sin City "yarn." Auspiciously, the screenplay is co-written by William Monohan, an Academy Award winner for his work on The Departed.

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SPOILER WARNING: The following contains spoilers for A Dame To Kill For.

Originally serialized from 1993-1994 and now available as a complete graphic novel, A Dame To Kill For remains one of the grimmest and bloodiest tales of the Sin City canon. The story stars antihero Dwight but takes place before the events depicted in the first film, in which the character was played by Clive Owen. The eponymous "dame" is Ava, an old flame who's now married to a depraved millionaire. Ava begs Dwight to take her back, and when he sees her menaced by her husband's brutish bodyguard, Dwight's compelled to rescue her. Hooking up with the invincible Marv (Mickey Rourke in the first film), Dwight raids the luxurious home of Ava's cruel husband, confronts him and kills him.

Sadly, it turns out that the whole thing was a setup orchestrated by Ava to drive her foolish ex Dwight into killing her gross husband so she could inherit his fortune.

Ava proceeds to shoot Dwight a few million times, including once in the head, and leaves him a bloody mess in the street before telling the cops that he's a crazy jealous murderer who dispatched her beloved husband in cold blood. Also she sleeps with one of the cops. Dwight's nursed back to health by his other ex, the dominatrix Gail (played by Rosario Dawson in the first film), whose army of "Old Town girls" includes plastic surgeons who provide Dwight with a new face. After he's recovered, Dwight teams up with Old Town's resident ninja protector Miho (played by Devon Aoki in the first film) to revenge himself upon Ava.

Rodriguez has confirmed that Mickey Rourke and Rosario Dawson will return for the A Dame To Kill For film, as will Jessica Alba, who played stripper Nancy Callahan in the original movie. The status of the remaining cast is presently unknown, but it was once Rodriguez's wish to cast Angelina Jolie in the role of Miller's ultimate femme fatale Ava, which, it has to be said, would be excellent.

Released in 2005, Sin City is among the most faithful film adaptations of a comic book we've yet seen, with virtually every panel of its source material recreated on screen while maintaining Miller's idiosyncratic visual style via a mixture of photography and computer-aided special effects. Reportedly, copies of Miller's comic books were employed on set instead of formal screenplays. Although Sin City is not without its flaws and is considered by some to be a cautionary tale against being too reverential of comic book source material, the film was a critical and financial hit upon release, grossing nearly $160 million worldwide.

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