As popular as the first movie was (both critically and commercially), it sure is surprising that getting “Sin City 2″ made has been something of a trial. We’re already four years in, and still no word on anything close to resembling a forward step toward production. We’ve even heard rumors that the Weinstein Company, which made the first movie, has somehow lost the rights to the sequel, although they have continued to deny this. According to this THR article, the Weinsteins may be fibbing a tad, because it sure looks and sounds like Frank Miller is trying to set the sequel up at another studio.
Here’s the down and gritty from THR:
The Weinstein Co./Dimension continue to maintain that they hold the rights to any sequel for the Robert Rodriguez film, which grossed $159 million worldwide when it came out in 2005.
But producers say they have been shopped the rights by reps for Miller’s estate, who they say are seeking a new place to set up a potential follow-up.
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.
Well if Miller’s people are actively shopping this thing around, then it seems pretty clear that TWC’s rights to the sequel have gone kaput, otherwise wouldn’t this be a pretty blatant disregard of an existing contract? Of course, the only way to settle this is for Frank Miller to come out and either confirm or deny this story, which would put the matter to rest. And since a major Hollywood trade has now made this public, he’s gonna have to do either/or pretty soon…
Hey, if TWC doesn’t want to make “Sin City 2″, and thus deny us the right to see Angelina Jolie as Ava Lord, then I say screw’em and get someone else who’ll do it. Plus, the Old Town girls are due for a re-visit.