Warren Beatty Eyeing ‘Dick Tracy’ Sequel, Howard Hughes Movie Gets Release Date

Warren Beatty

UPDATED: More than a quarter century after he brought Dick Tracy to the screen, Warren Beatty is considering making a sequel.

The news was revealed by Arnon Milchan on Wednesday at CinemaCon, as the producer accepted the Legends of Cinema Award from Beatty.

Asked after the lunch ceremony about the project, Beatty confirmed, “I’m serious about it, but I am slow about these things.” He was whisked away by a crowd of admirers before he could make any additional comments. But Milchan also confirmed that a project is being discussed and could be completed within two years.

Beatty is already at work on a film in which he plays the aged billionaire Howard Hughes. That movie is also for Milchan’s New Regency Productions, the powerhouse production company that won best picture awards for “12 Years a Slave” and “Birdman.” They expect a fall or winter release for Beatty’s long-gestating passion project, the yet-to-be-titled Hughes film.

Beatty produced, directed and starred in the highly-stylized 1990 version of “Dick Tracy.” The film featured an all-star cast including Al Pacino,  Madonna, Dustin Hoffman and Dick Van Dyke. It received critical praise for bringing a bright, comic book sensibility into live action, but criticism for weak character development and plot. Still, it made nearly $163 million on a $47 million production budget.

A sequel has been contemplated for years, but was held up in a fight over rights to the story between Beatty and Tribune Media Services. With resolution of the lawsuit in 2013, a path was cleared for production. Milchan’s comments at the luncheon in his honor were the first indication that Beatty plans on moving ahead. Asked after the event how serious Beatty was about the project, Milchan responded: “Very serious.”

Milchan told the audience that “Tracy” was just one project being mulled by Beatty, who agreed after presenting the award to Milchan that another film on the comic book detective is a real possibility.

Beatty, the acclaimed star of films like “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Shampoo” and “Heaven Can Wait,” has not starred in a major film since 1998’s political satire “Bulworth.” As to the possible re-emergence of the 79-year-old star after years out of the limelight, Milchan said: “The rules don’t apply to him.”

The star has been trying to get the Hughes film to the screen for years and now looks like he is about to realize that dream, in partnership with New Regency and Fox. He will play the billionaire industrialist and filmmaker in his later years. Milchan said the story centers around the elderly Hughes’ relationship with a young actress who wants to become a star. The New Regency owner said that the film will be test screened three or four times before a release date is set, probably for the fall or winter.


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  1. Steve Barr says:

    The Aviator was a boring bloated movie .Scorsese is a hack. Leo was miscast. If this movie comes close to being what Reds and Bullwortth were it will be one of the best movies of the year.

  2. Craig says:

    I believe in Karma; I think that Karma punished him and gave him a nervous breakdown and forced him into seclusion and brought him to his knees and used his oldest daughter to do it to him….there is a lot of wisdom going back to the ancient greeks about the sins of the father……

  3. Adam says:

    Maybe Madonna can be in this sequel? Her albums no longer sell so she might as well try acting again.

  4. Adam says:

    A Dick Tracey sequel now? 26 years after the original film? Too late Dick. No one cares now.

  5. Jim says:

    This is a couple of weeks late….April Fool’s Day was on the 1st.

  6. ___ says:

    A sequel to Dick Tracy? This has to be the most unnecessary sequel of all time.

  7. Gerard Kennelly says:

    beatty directed Al Pacino to an oscar nomination

    first time a comic book adaptation was nominated for an acting oscar

    since then,,,

    Paul Newman road to perdition
    William Hurt a history of violence
    Heath Ledger TDK

  8. Can we please get Warren Beatty’s original 135 minute cut of DICK TRACY (before he was forced to cut it by a half hour) released on Blu Ray? Now would seem to be the perfect time for it.

  9. Je Vizzusi says:

    This is all starting to sound like a lost sequence in Sunset Boulevard. I hope it can happen.. Beatty needs to be back big time. Howard Hughes is a icon in America never really portrayed, written about or understood very well.

    • Gerard Kennelly says:

      “relationship with a young actress who wants to become a star”

      sounds like a woody allen movie

    • cadavra says:

      Well, THE AVIATOR and MELVIN AND HOWARD were both multiple-Oscar winners, but clearly failures in your expert eyes.

  10. Z says:

    How is “fall or winter” a release date?

  11. ricardo says:

    quick correction. beatty’s las film was “town and country” in 2001, not “bullworth”.

  12. EricJ says:

    Dick Tracy could have been SO much better a movie if they’d taken Beatty’s visual concept and given it to another director who was used to the genre. (Joe Johnston, just sayin’.)
    The 30’s-comic look was good, too bad it was stuck with a director who was more in love with languid musical montages than, y’know, gangbusting bad guys, ‘n stuff?

  13. Craig says:

    Warren Beatty is an old man and no one knows who he is anymore….hasn’t done anything in decades playing this recluse ghost like I don’t give interviews game….if you reduce his game to its absurdity, he won…..no one knows him or cares…he could write a great biography about all his women and being famous since 1960 and being friends with everyone who is everyone in Hollywood and political history including gangster Sydney Korshak and a host of other dubious people…..but he wont….he wont tell anyone what he had for dinner yesterday…and now he is a nonentity and I hope his movie fails like the last two did.

    • Gerard Kennelly says:

      Milchan produced JFK a film that blames everyone except Lansky for the murder of POTUS kennedy

    • Je Vizzusi says:

      We all think this… even back when he was hot and cold and then there is REDS a incredible mammoth production and brilliantly acted. Young actors should be tied to chairs and screen Levinsons BUGSY and we will never forget his Portrayal of Clyde Barrow! His stardom is everlasting.

      • Craig says:

        He hasn’t done anything in 20 years; compared to Clint and Robert Redford he is a failure, a reclusive old man playing out this Howard Hughes phantasy; I hope he flops and fades off into oblivion, I will cut him some slack if he goes on National TV and gives a two hour tell it like it is interview about all his women and the history of Hollwood in the last half of the 20th century….good and bad, warts and all….Jews, mafia, sex , corruption, talent, scandal etc If he does not do that then I will bad mouth the gutless coward for the rest of my life.

    • Jimmy Green says:

      it will fail. he knows NOTHING about directing. now that his good looks have disappeared he should do likewise.

      • Craig says:

        That is not true; he is one of the most talented men in Movie history and he knows as much about directing and producing as everyone; I just wish he would not be so reticent about his 50 plus years of the secret life of Hollywood; there is too much political correct propaganda today and that guy above all could dispel a few myths but he is too cowardly to do so…..hence I bad mouth him….but not for his abilities.

      • Bazarov says:

        Why so spiteful Jimmy?

      • Ken says:

        What a dumb statement. Take time to immerse yourself in REDS. It is an intelligent, visually impressive masterpiece.

      • Gerard Kennelly says:

        i think Bulworth is a masterpiece

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