Frank Miller Regains Film and TV Rights to 'Sin City'

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The property will not be part of Weinstein Co.'s sale to Lantern.

Frank Miller has regained the rights to film and TV adaptations of Sin City, the noir comic book he created in 1991 and first adapted for the big screen in 2005.

Miller now has the rights to develop a Sin City television show, as well as the film rights to 2005's Sin City movie, through a new settlement. The move comes after the $289 million sale of the Weinstein Co. to Lantern Capital Partners, following Weinstein Co.'s bankruptcy in the wake of dozens of allegations surrounding co-founder Harvey Weinstein, who has since been charged with six counts of sexual assault and rape in Manhattan.

Miller had objected to Sin City being part of the sale to Lantern, and in a settlement, the creator and Lantern have agreed that TV rights, as well as those for the first Sin City film, will not be part of the sale. Miller and Robert Rodriguez co-directed Sin City (2005) and Sin City: A Dame to Kill for (2014), the latter of which the Weinstein Co. distributed. TWC had also obtained the rights to develop a Sin City TV show in 2012, but the series never materialized. The new settlement does not apply to the second Sin City movie.

2005's Sin City was a hit, earning $158 million on a $40 million budget, and was praised for its inventive visual style that looked like a comic book brought to life. The film starred Jessica Alba, Benicio del Toro, Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke. Nearly a decade later, sequel A Dame to Kill for faltered at the box office with just $39 million globally.