By Dave Karger
Updated April 08, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

It’s been four years since Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City was in theaters, and fans waiting for a sequel grew even more discouraged yesterday, when a report surfaced on alleging that the Weinstein Co. (TWC) had lost the rights to release the second installment. But Weinstein Co. lawyer Bert Fields denies the report, telling EW: “TWC’s rights to produce sequels to Sin City remain intact as they always have been. Any suggestion to the contrary is complete hogwash.”

Still, any concern at Weinstein is understandable, considering two other Frank Miller-inspired films (300 and The Spirit) have come and gone since Sin City (pictured) was released, stealing a bit of the sequel’s thunder. A source close to Rodriguez tells EW that the director’s next film will most likely not be Sin City 2 but the futuristic crime thriller Nerveracker, but confirms Fields’ response, saying of the report of the split with TWC: “It’s not true. That’s a rumor that’s been going around for a while. It’s really just a matter of timing, and he hopes to do it with them in the near future.”