Warren Beatty still flirting with ‘Dick Tracy’ sequel [updated]

June 09, 2011 | 11:45 p.m.

Warren Beatty signs in the cement at a reproduction of Grauman's Chinese theater at Walt Disney World during an opening celebration of "Dick Tracy" in 1990. (Bill Frakes/Los Angeles Times)

Vivien Leigh and Warren Beatty in the 1961 film "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" (The Kobal Collection/Warner Bros/Seven Arts)

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in the 1967 movie "Bonnie and Clyde." (Warner Home Video)

"What really matters is to do exactly what you want as an artist," Warren Beatty told the Los Angeles Times in 1974. (Tony Barnard/Los Angeles Times)

Julie Christie and Warren Beatty the 1975 film "Shampoo." (Los Angeles Times file photo)

Warren Beatty at 31st Annual Writers Guild of America Awards. (Ron Galella/Got the Shot Productions)

Warren Beatty with Jon Voight after beatty received the best director Oscar for "Reds" in 1982. (Joe Kennedy/Los Angeles Times)

Chevy Chase, left, Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty at a post-premiere party for the 1987 film "Ishtar." (Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times)

Warren Beatty on the set of "Dick Tracy," which he produced and directed in 1990. (Peter Sorel/Touchstone Pictures)

Shel Dorf with Warren Beatty on the set of the 1990 Dick Tracy movie. (Courtesy Shel Dorf and Alan Light)

Warren Beatty in the 1961 film "Splendor in the Grass." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Annette Bening and Warren Beatty in 1991 (Patrick DeMarchelier/Los Angeles Times file photo)

Warren Beatty stumps for the 1998 film "Bulworth." (Joe Pugliese/Los Angeles Times file)

Annette Bening and Warren Beatty arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Warren Beatty, 1974. (Internation Portrait Gallery/Los Angeles Times file photo)

Warren Beatty may make a “Dick Tracy” sequel, the actor and director told the cheering audience Thursday at the Hero Complex Film Festival.

Beatty, who directed and starred in the 1990 detective movie based on Chester Gould‘s long-running comic strip, said he’s been working on the sequel and wants to “get it right.” He declined to elaborate on casting priorities, the visual effects approach or any sort of timetable.

“When you’re really doing good work is when you don’t know you’re working, and when something just occurs to you, and you go, ‘Oh, of course.’” Beatty told the auditorium at the Chinese Six in Hollywood after the festival’s opening screening of “Dick Tracy.”

In the audience were two key contributors to the 1990 film, visual effects supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw and miniatures specialist John Scheele. Beatty acknowledged both warmly and took questions from the audience as the clock ticked toward midnight — he was in no rush to leave and seemed to enjoy talking about the film’s past and the property’s potential future.

Beatty recently won a legal battle over the rights to “Dick Tracy” but he has also talked for years about a return to the material so a measure of healthy skepticism is appropriate. The producer-director-actor, though, said he feels no need to divulge details of his new engagement with the project just to satisfy public curiousity. “I think it’s dumb to talk about movies before you make them,” Beatty said. “I just don’t do it. It gives you a reason to avoid making them.”

Beatty spoke for nearly two hours on the original “Dick Tracy,” describing his love for the story, his admiration for the actors and his mixed emotions about making movies. Beatty also said a remastered Blu-ray is in the works, but was tight-lipped on the details there as well. Here are a few highlights:

On making the film: “I didn’t want to do some picture where everything got blasted. … I think of this picture as rather a gentle movie, and it is compared to some stuff. Little by little I found myself caught up enough in it to actually go and make a movie about it, because it was hard for me. … I always think of making a movie like vomiting. I don’t like to vomit, but I get to the point where I think, ‘I’d better go ahead and do this, and I’ll feel better.’”

On the Chester Gould comic strip: “It was the first comic strip I got involved with as a kid. You know, Dick Tracy was the first non-funny comic strip. … People got shot, times were tough in the Depression, things had to be done, and he went and did them.”

On Stephen Sondheim, who wrote award-winning songs for the film: “I’m such a fan of Sondheim’s. Everytime I see one of his shows, I just fall apart on the first song.”

The festival runs June 9-12 at the Hollywood & Highland complex. Other guests include Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Nicholas Meyer and Roberto Orci  for the special “Star Trek” program on Friday; Richard DonnerGeoff Johns and Jim Lee and screenings of “Superman” and “Superman II: The Donner Cut” on Saturday, as well as Mike Mignola for a free poster signing and a statue that pays tribute to Christopher Reeve and his classic Superman portrayal; and Jon Favreau on Sunday with a screening of “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2,” as well as an exclusive new preview of “Captain America: The First Avenger” — plus some interesting surprises.

The purchase of an all-day Sunday ticket is now also the only way to get a seat in that day’s sold-out noon screening of “The Incredibles,” which will be followed by a special sneak preview of footage from “Cars 2” and an interview with Dave Mullins of Pixar. Buy tickets for individual days right here.

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Comments


13 Responses to Warren Beatty still flirting with ‘Dick Tracy’ sequel [updated]

  1. Concerned American says:

    The first Dick Tracy movie totally sucked. I hope Warren isn't going to put us through another one.

  2. cynic says:

    I absolutely love Dick Tracy, despite being skeptical about it before seeing it. Everything about that movie was spot-on, from the sets and costumes to the script. If Beatty does a sequel, I'm there, Crayola colors and all.

  3. David from L.A. says:

    Dick Tracy 2 would probably be just as "good" as Indiana Jones 4.

    Please, no.

  4. stasiuwong says:

    It's great that Beatty can share his passion for the project with the public, no matter what capacity he may be involved in.

  5. Dick Tracy fan says:

    As a fan of film production, I love it when a comic book/strip is translated well on the big screen because it's so rare in Hollywood but 'Dick Tracy' was one of those movies. The look and feel of it was just amazing to behold at the time. Remember, this film was released a year after Tim Burton's Batman and where that movie had a dark visual style, 'Dick Tracy' had a bright light shone on to it. And I still think it holds up today despite all the quick edits and flashy effects we're getting in the movies. I for one can't wait for the blu-ray release and hope that it's stuffed with a plethora of special features material.

  6. duane a eaton says:

    I liked this movie the character flatop was just like in the comics when i was a kid and that was a long time ago.

  7. Margo says:

    It was stupid then… when he was in his prime!

  8. Bob Stone says:

    Yeah, lets see a 74 year old play dick tracy! Last i heard Old warren was contemplating running for Governor in the recall election. He should be making a movie like On Golden Pond at this stage of his career!

  9. Edmond Pitonyak says:

    LOL, I’ve to say the on-line dating or electronic dating has come a very long way since the days of basic chat rooms. Far more and a lot more people are turning to online dating sites to screen likely dates.

  10. Dick says:

    Why are they bleeping out his first name? lol Dick Tracy! okay, RICHARD tracy, Did that work?

  11. Jud Steinberger says:

    Incredible movie.

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