I cringe a little whenever Sin City 2 hits my RSS feed, because the news is generally vague and rarely good. Last week, I noted in passing that Mickey Rourke and Frank Miller were ready for the sequel, and that it could shoot as early as next April. Rosario Dawson also confirmed all of the above to ISEB.net, and added that she was on board too.

Well, it seems Rourke wasn't ready -- in fact, he may not return at all. ComingSoon caught up with him at a junket for The Wrestler, and Rourke abruptly denied all of the above. "No, I'm not interested in that right now. That's not a reality right now. It's pissing in the wind. There's different factions going different directions there. I don't know. That's three hours of make up and I'm claustrophobic, so I'm going to have to work something out."

This is probably just Rourke being Rourke -- tomorrow he could be on board again, and tomorrow all Sin City 2 talk could vanish anyway. However, if he means it (and the make-up is something he brought up with MTV as well), that's not to say that Sin City 2 would be impossible to do without Marv. Any sequel was supposed to revolve around A Dame to Kill For anyway, where pre-Hard Goodbye Marv disappears about halfway in, so it is possible to comfortably write him out. Still, it would have been kind of fun to see a "midquel" onscreen, wouldn't it?