UPDATE #2: Dimension Lets Sin City 2 Rights Expire?

IESB is reporting an interesting rumor saying that The Weinstein Company’s Dimension Films has let the film rights for Sin City 2 expire:

The specifics are not clear but some details are emerging that the movie will now be financed by a private equity group and an announcement is expected soon.

Robert Rodriguez’ Trouble Maker studios will still produce the film.

No word on what studio may end up distributing. Universal Studios’ name has come up as a possible contender.

The first film, released in April of 2005, was both a critical and financial success. Made for about $40 million, the graphic novel adaptation earned $158.8 million worldwide.

UPDATE #1: MTV has debunked the above story from IESB with an official statement from The Weinstein Company attorney Bert Fields:

“TWC’s rights to produce sequels to Sin City remain intact as they always have been. Any suggestion to the contrary is complete hogwash.”

UPDATE #2: The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Hollywood producers have been shopped the rights by representatives for Frank Miller’s estate, who they say are seeking a new place to set up a potential follow-up. The Weinstein Company, however, on Wednesday said it stood by its statement above.

Source: IESB