'Sin City' game en route via Red Mile deal


On the heels of its acquisition of the "Jackass" franchise from MTV, Sausalito, Calif.-based Red Mile Entertainment has licensed the video game rights to Frank Miller's "Sin City" graphic novels.

Miller, who co-directed the "Sin City" film with Robert Rodriguez for Dimension Films, wrote seven "Sin City" graphic novels. The deal is for multiple years and includes global gaming rights to the franchise.

"Taking 'Sin City' into the world of video games is very exciting -- games offer a whole new way to bring audiences into 'Sin City,' " Miller said. "The Red Mile team has impressed me with its dedication to creating 'Sin City' video games that will remain true to 'Sin City' as I've always seen it."

Red Mile CEO Chester Aldridge said the company plans to turn the graphic novel series into a video game franchise.

" 'Sin City' enjoys a broad and devoted following. Its crime noir settings, richly detailed characters, hyper-real action sequences and engaging stories provide an outstanding groundwork for video games," he said.

The new game is being written by John Zuur Platten and Flint Dille, who created "Backwater" for Dimension and have worked on numerous games, including Activision's upcoming "Transformers: The Game" and 2K Games' "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer."

Miller introduced "Sin City" in 1991, and it became an instant sales success. The 2005 film, which starred Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson and Benicio Del Toro, captured the attention of a larger audience, including gamers.

Miller is writing the screenplay for the upcoming Lionsgate feature "Will Eisner's The Spirit," which he is scheduled to direct. His "300" graphic novel, which spawned the hit Warner Bros. movie this year, was released as a PlayStation Portable game by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment day-and-date with the theatrical release.

Union Entertainment and the law offices of Harris M. Miller II repped Frank Miller on the deal.