Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Outlaw Productions partners Bobby Newmyer and Scott Strauss have teamed in a deal with the Tribune Co. to resurrect Dick Tracy and make him the centerpiece of a TV series, reports Variety.
But whether Tribune really has rights to Dick Tracy is the subject of a lawsuit filed last week by Warren Beatty, who claims he has rights to the comic book character.
Nonetheless, the producers are proceeding as though they have properly obtained legitimate rights from Tribune. They plan to set a writer and then approach studios with a contemporary take on the classic square-jawed cop.
While Beatty’s 1990 film stayed in period mode, di Bonaventura and Strauss want to give the TV series a contemporary feel, comparable to what Smallville has done with the Superman franchise. If the TV show works, they’ll look to exploit the brand with a feature.