Robert Rodriguez Drops Lawsuit Against 'Sin City 2' Russian Producers
The director alleged breach of contract and fraud for not paying money owed for the production of 'Sin City 2' and 'Machete Kills.'
Director Robert Rodriguez has withdrawn his $7.7 million lawsuit against Russian producers over production of the movies Sin City 2 and Machete Kills.
On Tuesday, the Russian business daily Kommersant quoted one of the defendants, Russian producer Sergei Bespalov, as saying that Rodriguez' lawsuit had been withdrawn after Bespalov's company, Aldamisa Entertainment, threatened him with a $50 million lawsuit.
"Our lawsuit was presented to Rodriguez's lawyers, after which he dropped his lawsuit," he said.
Rodriguez' representative confirms that the claim has been withdrawn.
"I believe it is a matter of public record that the claim is not proceeding at the present time," Rodriguez's representative at Loeb & Loeb tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Rodriguez filed his lawsuit against Bespalov, Aldamisa, the company's other owner Marina Bespalov, and other companies and individuals last October, claiming that they committed a breach of contract and fraud by not paying money owed for the production of Sin City 2 and Machete Kills.
According to the Kommersant report, Aldamisa's lawsuit against Rodriguez included accusations of breaching agreements, going over the budget and moving production to Austin, Texas.
Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For, starring Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba, was released in Russia on Aug. 21, 2014, and grossed $7 million, compared with $13.7 million in North America.
Machete Kills, starring Mel Gibson, Sofia Vergara and Antonio Banderas, was released in Russia on Oct. 24, 2013, and grossed $2.7 million, compared with $8 million in North America.