You can sleep easy tonight: Warren Beatty has successfully retained the film and television rights to Chester Gould’s iconic detective comic strip Dick Tracy, Deadline reports.
Beatty, of course, produced, directed and starred in the 1990 film version of the character. The Tribune Co. were looking to reclaim the rights, but it was ruled that a TV special where Beatty appeared in character as Tracy — one that has never been aired anywhere, I’m pretty sure — was sufficient for Beatty to hold on to the rights before deadline. What, if anything, Beatty has planned for Dick Tracy remains to be seen.
Here’s another wrinkle, a recent tweet by Powers and Avengers writer Brian Michael Bendis: “im the biggest warren beatty fan in the world so its odd that he is keeping me and @oeming from doing the dick tracy strip we were offered”
(Side note: How cool were these ads? They were in the inside front cover of like every comic book for a month in 1990.)