It’s been almost 20 years since Warren Beatty starred and directed the comic based film, Dick Tracy. The classic pulp character who was created and published by Tribune Media Media Services back in the 1930′s. According to Reuters, a longstanding lawsuit that Beatty has had with the publishing company has been revived over the rights of the character, and it’s about to get messy.
Almost 25 years ago, Beatty bought the rights to Dick Tracy from Tribune so he could move along with his live action adaptation of the character for his film. The movie was released in 1990, and Tribune is making the argument that Beatty hasn’t used the rights in over a decade, and under their agreement, they should revert back to the publisher.
Last November, Beatty sued Tribune in California court, arguing that he was in the midst of producing a television special on Dick Tracy. The following month, Tribune declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy, freezing claims by creditors. In March, Tribune claimed in bankruptcy court that Beatty had begun work on a TV special only to preserve his rights and that the property was worth potentially millions of dollars to its creditors.
The legal battle rages on, and we’re not sure who’s going to come out on top. You have to admit it’s been a long time since we’ve seen anything Dick Tracy related on television or in the movies. If Beatty was planning on producing something, he did have convenient timing for when he wanted to do so. As for Tribune, this is obviously an attempt to try and salvage something of monetary value that can bring income back to their flailing company.
Who do you think should get the rights to Dick Tracy?