Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy Granted New Life
Remember Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy movie? It was released 21 years ago, and as movies go, it was somewhat south of Gone With The Wind.
But according to a federal court in Los Angeles, Beatty retains the movie and teevee rights to Dick Tracy – because he appeared in his Dick Tracy costume on a teevee interview that was filmed in 2008.
That was the year Beatty sued the Tribune Company to prevent the owners from taking back the media rights after 18 years of dormancy. “The court found that Warren did everything that was required of him to retain the rights,” Beatty’s lawyer, Charles Shephard, said. Tribune spokesman Gary Weitman said, logically, “At the present time, we are reviewing the judge’s opinion and evaluating our options.”
The Dick Tracy newspaper strip, in constant syndication since 1931, was revitalized last week when artist Joe Staton and writer Mike Curtis took over the feature.
We at ComicMix now anticipate Mr. Beatty eventually returning to the role of Milton Armitage, the antagonist he played in the classic Dobie Gillis teevee series.