Warren Beatty Being Sued Over Dick Tracy Rights
Mon, 23 Mar 2009 15:00:08
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Tribune Media Services, the syndication unit of the bankrupt publishing conglomerate Tribune Co. that owns the Chicago Tribune, has filed a lawsuit against Warren Beatty over the motion picture and TV rights to Dick Tracy, the famed comic strip detective. TMS filed the papers in a Delaware Court late last week, stating that the actor/director "wrongly claims" to have exclusive film and television rights to the character.
Beatty bought the rights to the character in 1985 and acted and directed in the eponymous film. The movie won three Oscars. Tribune states that Beatty has done nothing with the rights since then, causing them to revert back to Tribune, which believes the economic potential of owning the property once again is in the millions for the cash-strapped company. Both parties in the suit have been involved in a legal tussle over the rights since late 2006.
Beatty filed suit against Tribune in California in November of last year, stating that he had begun work on a Dick Tracy TV special, which allows his ownership of the rights to remain in tact. Tribune claims the special is nothing more than a ploy for the rights to remain with Beatty.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff