Warren Beatty is Apparently Still Developing a Sequel to 'Dick Tracy'
Last night, the LA Times opened the Hero Complex Film Festival with a special screening of the 1990 comic strip adaptation Dick Tracy complete with a special Q&A with the film's star, director and all-around Hollywood legend Warren Beatty. The film was quite an innovation over two decades ago, and while influences from Tim Burton's Batman can certainly be seen in the film, it really is a fun comic-inspired film all on its own. Well, for years a sequel has been rumored, and the big news from last night (via SlashFilm) was that Beatty is still planning on making a sequel. However, it's not clear how soon that might happen.
Talks of a sequel were reinvigorated recently with Beatty winning a lawsuit against the Tribune company for the rights of the character, and Beatty confirmed his desire for doing a sequel at last night's screening. The director and actor said, "I'm gonna make another one." However, throughout the night he kind of tapdanced around more questions about the sequel, but also teased that some early work may already have been started on it. Beatty says:
"I always think of making a movie like vomiting. I don't like to vomit. But I get to a point sometimes where I think, 'Okay, I better go ahead and do this and I'll feel better.' When I finally get around to making a movie, that's why. I think I'll feel better if I make this movie. I think it's dumb to talk about movie before you make them. I just don't do it. It gives you a perfect excuse to avoid making them. The more you talk about it, the longer it's hidden."
Personally, I would love if the movie ended up getting made and Beatty didn't vomit, but it's not clear exactly just how far into development this sequel might be. Here's what Beatty said when asked if work on the film had actually started:
"You'd have to define 'start.' I take so long to get around to making a movie that I don't know when it starts. And I'm a very strong believer in the fact that when you're really doing good work is when you don't know you're working and something just occurs to you. And you say 'Oh, of course.' My problem is I don't know when I finish because I want to get it to what I think is right."
However, AICN also notes that Beatty mentioned talking with matte painting master Harrison Ellenshaw and director of photography Vittorio Storaro about the look of the sequel and the use of digital effects versus practical set pieces and such. It sounds like Beatty would love to stay mostly practical as he says, "I can tell you that the matte paintings [done for the original film]… they move me."
Honestly, I would love to see Beatty throw on the yellow coat and fedora again, but I think the actor's age is a concern and who knows how much longer it will take to get this project off the ground. In addition, are today's audiences still interested in the classic comic strip heading back to the big screen after over 20 years of silence? If Tron Legacy can pull it off, then maybe Dick Tracy can too. What do you think?