A new settlement rewards Frank Miller, who is the creator of the iconic 1991 ‘Sin City‘ comic, the rights to the adaptation of both the television series and films of his work. Not only that, but he has also taken over the rights for the 2005 film as part of the settlement. This news comes after Weinstein Co. was purchased by Lantern Capital Partners.
The creator was against the sale of his work going to Lantern Capital Partners and a settlement was reached between the two with the rights of the first film and potential ‘Sin City’ television series going to Miller. However, while Miller received the rights to the first film he didn’t get them for the 2014 release of ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.’
It isn’t clear why only one of the films would have reverted to the author here unless he just wasn’t fighting for it with how poorly it had been received. However, the first was able to take in $158 million on a $40 million budget while the second movie only took in $39 million globally at the box office on a budget of $65 million.
I can’t see the studio thinking that they might still be trying to break even on the movie now that it is under new ownership.
With the rights entirely reverted to Miller, this could usher in a new pitch for a television series making the rounds which is something that any fan of the source material should be keeping an eye out for.
Are you happy that Frank Miller was able to regain the rights to most of ‘Sin City’? Do you have any thoughts as to why ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ may not have been part of this deal? Share your thoughts below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter