Creator-owned comic properties are the future, and the man behind Sin City is riding the wave by making the best out of one of the worst recent situations in Hollywood. Frank Miller fought for the right to make film and TV adaptations of his 1991 hyper-stylized (hey, it is Frank Miller) noir comic book — and won.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rights were part of the $289 million sale of the Weinstein Co. (and all its holdings) to Lantern Capital Partners after the former’s bankruptcy stemmed from co-founder Harvey Weinstein’s profuse alleged, now charged, counts of sexual assault. With Weinstein Co. going under, Miller stepped up to regain the rights to develop a long-gestating Sin City television show and the rights to the original 2005, Robert Rodriguez co-directed film adaptation of the comic.
The film was one of the first to bring its comic book’s aesthetic to the screen in a visually satisfying way and was rewarded with a big box-office take. While the settlement Miller reached with Lantern does not include rights to the so-so sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, it did mean that the first film (and any future TV rights) would come back to the creator rather than being part of the sale to Lantern.
This could mean that Miller, like Mark Millar and his creator-owned Millarworld, could now take on sole development duties on his own properties and follow the trend of cutting out the middlemen — especially if the plan is to shop around a potential TV series to one of the various streaming services hungry for comic book content.