Director Robert Rodríguez and comics writer Frank Miller have joined forces to start production on a sequel to "Sin City," a project that has been on hold for years but will finally begin shooting in the U.S. this summer, The Hollywood Reporter said.

The film dubbed "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," will be financed by AR Films and distributed by Dimension Films, an affiliate of The Weinstein Company.

Rodríguez and Miller will co-direct the sequel, also based on the like-named comics Miller published in the 1990s, as they did the original "Sin City" in 2005.

The story evolves around characters caught up in violence at Basin City, an ominous, corrupt metropolis.

The first "Sin City," with Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Benicio Del Toro and Clive Owen headlining a distinguished cast, grossed more than $160 million.

Casting for the sequel will start next week and production is scheduled to kick off this summer at Rodríguez's Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas.

"I have wanted to reteam with Frank Miller and return to the world he created since the day we wrapped the original but have felt a duty to the fans to wait until we had something truly exceptional that would meet and exceed what have become epic expectations," the Hispanic filmmaker said.

"'A Dame to Kill For' will certainly be worth the wait," Rodríguez, the director of "Desperado," said.

Miller will also share scriptwriting chores with William Monahan.

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