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Rodriguez, Miller co-direct 'Sin City'

By Rob M. Worley     February 26, 2004

From A Press Release:

RODRIGUEZ TO CO-DIRECT ANDCO-PRODUCE LIVE-ACTION FEATURE WITH CREATOR FRANK MILLER

Robert Rodriguez ('Spy Kids'franchise, 'Once Upon A Time In Mexico') will direct the feature film based onthe 'Sin City' series of comic books and graphic novels created, written, andillustrated by Frank Miller, it was announced today by Dimension Chairman BobWeinstein.

The film will incorporatestorylines from three of Frank Miller's graphic novels including 'Sin City,'which launched the long-running, critically acclaimed series, and 'That YellowBastard' and 'The Big Fat Kill.'

Miller, creator of thecharacter "Elektra," has worked on some of the most important andbest-selling comic books and graphic novels over the past two decades, including"Dark Knight Returns" and "Daredevil." Miller'slongest-running original series is "Sin City." His "HardBoiled" graphic novel is currently in development with Warner Bros andSaturn Pictures

SIN CITY is a series of storiesof vengeance and redemption set in the grimiest, toughest city in the world.

"This is the first time agraphic novel will be treated with absolute respect in how it is brought to thelife. My pitch to Frank was that I didn't want to adapt SIN CITY, but rathertranslate it to the screen. I also wanted him involved in every aspect of theproduction, including sharing in the directing. If you look at his books, yousee that in a way they are already the best written, shot, and directed 'movies'never seen in a theater," said Robert Rodriguez.

"We are tremendouslyexcited to have such a visionary filmmaker as Robert Rodriguez bring his uniqueperspective to SIN CITY," said Dimension Chairman Bob Weinstein.

Miller said he welcomed thechance to be so closely involved with the director: "Robert came to me witha bold, coherent plan to bring my baby to the screen. This is gonna be a wholenew kind of crime movie."
Rodriguez and producer Elizabeth Avellan will produce the project through theirTroublemaker Studios label.

Rodriguez was repped by ICM andlawyer Craig Emmanuel. Miller was repped by Shapiro-Lichtman and lawyer HarrisMiller. Andrew Gumpert, EVP Business and Legal Affairs, and Michael Marshall,SVP Business and Legal Affairs, negotiated on behalf of the studio.

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