Saturday, March 26, 2011
Dick Tracy Rights Awarded to Warren Beatty
In 2008 Warren Beatty had sued Tribune Media claiming the company was wrong in trying to retain the rights to the crime fighting character which had been assigned to Beatty by a 1985 agreement. In the 1985 agreement between Beatty and Tribune Media, the rights were retained by Beatty as unless "a certain period of time" lapsed without Beatty producing a new "Tracy" project. In which case Tribune Media would regain the rights. According to Beatty he started a Dick Tracy TV project in November of 2008, giving Tribune Media written notice of the project.
A U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of Beatty in the dispute. Judge Dean D. Pregerson indicated that by Beatty commencing principal photography on the television project in 2008 was sufficient for Beatty to retain the rights to Dick Tracy.