Some strange activity coming from the news surrounding Sin City 2. It’s been an active property in recent weeks, garnering much press over the potential hire of Angelina Jolie to join the selection of lithe, leather-clad women which make up that side of the Sin City cast.
Now it seems, despite a name like Jolie circling the project, that the rights for the sequel are being shopped around Hollywood, apparently indicating that Weinstein Co/Dimension has lost the rights to the sequel. This was first reported by IESB and then denied by the company in an article in Entertainment Weekly.
The latter is, according to the report in the Hollywood Reporter, still insisting that it does hold the rights. It notes a statement in EW from Bert Fields, the lawyer for The Weinstein Company, who described the rumours that the company had lost the rights at “hogwash”.
HR cites producers however saying the rights have been shopped by representatives of Frank Miller’s estate who are seeking a new place to house the sequel.
According to the HR:
“If the Weinsteins’ option did lapse, it could have happened for reasons ranging from development inactivity to a decision not to pay to re-up. Sequel rights generally require a certain amount of activity within a defined period to remain with the original rights holder, though in many deals those periods stretch much longer than the four years that have elapsed since the original “Sin City” came out.”
The article indicates that Robert Rodriguez involvement in the project is not fully known as yet, although the understanding of most what that he would direct alongside Miller, akin to the working relationship on the film film.
It is possible that Miller has got a taste for directing, despite the awful reception for The Spirit, and is working to try and take the project over for himself. Rodriguez, after all, has a long-running relationship with the Weinstein’s and Dimension.
As most have noted, the original film made $158m on the back of a $40m budget, so it does seem unlikely that the Weinsteins would let a relatively bankable project fall from its grasp.