Trib and Beatty Battle Over Dick Tracy
Actor Warren Beatty is is a pissing match with Tribune Media Services, a subsidiary of the Tribune Company, over usage rights for police detective Dick Tracy. He purchased the rights in 1985 to produce and star in the 1990 Oscar-winning Dick Tracy movie.
According to Beatty, as long as he’s working on producing work, it should preserve his rights to the character. Tribune is accusing Beatty of producing a special solely for the purpose of preserving the rights, and is suggesting to a Delaware bankruptcy judge that he hasn’t proved sufficiently that production is actually underway, and the rights divert back to Tribune.