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Dick Tracy Ready to Sue the Tribune

Warren Beatty and the Tribune Co. fighting over comic strip's rights



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    Warren Beatty, claiming he still owns the rights to the popular comic strip, has been given the OK to file a California lawsuit against the Tribune, Crain’s Chicago reports.

    Beatty had acquired the motion picture and television rights for Dick Tracy in 1985, five years prior to starring in the multi-award winning 1990 film. Alongside Beatty, the Oscar-winning movie also starred Dustin Hoffman, Madonna and Al Pacino.

    Tribune says Beatty's rights have lapsed because the actor-director had not started work on a new project based on the character.

    Beatty filed a lawsuit a year ago in California state court, but it was put on hold by the bankruptcy of Tribune.