Warren Beatty wins lawsuit for rights to DICK TRACY

Drew Tinnin

by: Drew Tinnin
March 27th, 2011

Originally, Warren Beatty and Disney had big plans for DICK TRACY: a theme park ride at Hollywood Studios called "Dick Tracy's Crimestoppers", television projects, and the desire to turn the property into a huge franchise. For whatever reason, the film underperformed when it rolled into theaters in 1990, but Beatty's passion for the material has never waned.

In a long battle with the Tribune Company - the comic strip's owner who until now had control of the character - Beatty fought to get back the motion picture and television rights he acquired 26 years ago. Beatty had originally committed to continuing the legacy of the character for years to come, but with the first film's disappointing box office returns, future projects were shelved.

Apparently, Beatty is interested in pursuing another major project with the title character. Whether it's live action or animated has yet to be determined. The original was certainly ahead of its time, offering audiences a dose of pulp noir before the big boom of comic book-centered blockbusters were the norm. Now that audiences are inundated with comic book properties, is it too late for Dick Tracy to raise any eyebrows?

Out of all this, fans of the original might finally get their fingers on the two-and-a-half-hour Director's Cut of DICK TRACY - a version that is decidedly darker in tone.

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