Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For director could be quite a few dollars poorer in the coming months, as he's being sued by an independent producer for $11 million. Ouch.
According to Deadline, Rodriguez used "threats and intimidation" to damage the reputation of 's upcoming movie, Vengeance, because he was worried that the film would harm the box office potential of his own Trejo vehicle, Machete Kills. According to the complaint:
Rodriguez feared that the promotion of another film starring Danny Trejo would diminish the Machete Kills brand and would threaten box office numbers and thus set in motion a plan to diminish ITN’s reputation and stifle the success of the film and the App Game.
ITN is the studio behind Vengeance and the app in question, which was endorsed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, created to promote the movie and open up other revenue streams. In order to undermine the studio, it's reported that Rodriguez's longtime talent agent Gloria Hinojosa:
...bullied, threatened and intimidated all people involved with Film and the App Game to damage sales and sever business relationships.
Doesn't sound too clever on Rodriguez's part if these claims are true. Instead of taking this fight through the courts though, they should settle the dispute like a true Mariachi, with a Desperado-style shootout. That I would pay to watch.
All being well, Machete Kills will land in theaters September 13.