The centerpiece of Dimension’s upcoming slate is one of the most anticipated comicbook adaptations: “Frank Miller’s Sin City.”
Pic is due for release next summer, but Comic-Con attendees will get to see exclusive footage provided by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (no hint as to whether it will involve the section guest-directed by Quentin Tarantino). Miller, whom Rodriguez refers to as a “Comic-Con god,” will be on hand for the presentation on the film, which he co-directed with Rodriguez. Miller knows the audience he will be showing his vision to, and is happy to do it.
“The Con is like the reunion of a tribe,” says Miller. “It’s kind of strange and intense, but by and large it’s very convivial. ‘Sin City’ enthusiasts range from teens to adults and are usually well-read. And my fans are damn smart!”
Rodriguez’s vision was so influenced and shaped by the comicbook that he would not stray from his source material, even when Miller suggested changes.
“He would come by and make a suggestion, but I’d just say, ‘That’s not how you drew it,’ ” Rodriguez says.
Miller, who wrote and drew the comicbook in stark black-and-white, says he was pleased with the production and the final work.
“It was striking how much directing resembled cartooning,” he says. “The whole process was great and just made me realize that the barriers between the two worlds (of film and comics) is a myth.”
Rodriguez, also a cartoonist, knows that going into Comic-Con with this property will be an interesting endeavor.
“I’ve never been to Comic-Con. There’s just always something going on when it’s being held. But I know that walking in there with Frank will be like walking into an Italian restaurant with the Godfather.”