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Warren Beatty Sued Over Dick Tracy

Posted: March 23rd, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Warren Beatty Sued Over Dick TracySubmit Comment
Tribune Media Services has filed a lawsuit against Academy Award-winning director and actor Warren Beatty to recover motion-picture and television rights to iconic comic strip character Dick Tracy, according to court documents.

In a Delaware court filing on Thursday, Tribune Media Services, a unit of bankrupt newspaper publisher Tribune Co., said Beatty "wrongly claims" to have exclusive motion picture and television rights to the well-known police detective character.

According to court papers, Beatty bought the motion picture and television rights for Dick Tracy in 1985 and went on to act and direct the 1990 film by the same name. The movie won three academy awards and its cast included Dustin Hoffman, Madonna and Al Pacino.

Tribune Co, however, said Beatty had "made no productive use" of the rights for over a decade, causing them to revert back to Tribune. The company said the economic benefits of the property was worth potentially millions to the company and its creditors.

In November, Beatty filed a suit against Tribune Media Services in California, claiming he had begun work on a Dick Tracy television special, which should preserve his rights to the character. Tribune does not believe Beatty has begun shooting the special in the manner that would be required under their agreement.

Source: THR


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Projekt SHIN writes:
on March 23rd, 2009 at 4:42:32 AM

good movie though
dAnKoNe23 writes:
on March 23rd, 2009 at 10:04:20 AM

Need to get it in Blu-ray.
acslaterson writes:
on March 23rd, 2009 at 10:17:12 AM

Now this I would like to see re-made! I loved the movie when I was a kid! Can you imagine if Michael Mann did this after seeing the trailer for Public Enemies? Sweeeeeettttt....
Johnny Neat writes:
on March 23rd, 2009 at 10:35:46 AM

Wow, douche contracts. I'm with any original owner of Intellectual properties, even when it hurts and makes little to no sense... not that this is one of those cases mind you, time will tell.
BREALZ writes:
on March 23rd, 2009 at 12:09:04 PM

It's been over twenty years, get a life

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