A dispute over rights to a Sin City TV series and a Hard Boiled film have turned hardcore between Cursed co-creator Frank Miller and producer Stephen L’Heureux.
L’Heureux is asking for $25 million, as a defamation and economic-interference lawsuit from the Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For producer is seeking. Asserting that he has long owned the relevant rights to Miller’s iconic Sin City and the 1990-debuting Hard Boiled, L’Heureux claims Miller and co-defendant Silenn Thomas have thwarted big- and small-screen adaptations with the likes of MGM and David Ellison’s Skydance Media.
Naming names, the five-claim complaint filed late on July 27 in LA Superior Court by San Francisco firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is aiming for “compensatory damages, including lost revenue, loss of future revenue, damage to reputation, loss of good will, and emotional distress in an amount to be proven at trial but estimated to be in excess of $25,000,000” and more.
“Despite these written agreements and repeated admissions and acknowledgements of L’Heureux’s Sin City Rights and Hard Boiled Rights, and having been fully compensated for granting those rights to L’Heureux, Defendants, individually, collectively, and through their representatives, have engaged in a systematic campaign to defame L’Heureux, to damage his reputation, and to deliberately and wrongfully interfere with his contractual agreements and his prospective economic gain from the production of the Sin City and/or Hard Boiled projects which he intended to produce pursuant to the rights he obtained from Miller,” the jury trial-seeking paperwork states (read it here).
“The claims asserted in Mr. L’Heureux’s lawsuit are baseless, and we will be aggressively defending this lawsuit,” Miller’s attorney Allen B. Grodsky of Grodsky, Olecki & Puritsky LLP.