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Warren Beatty Teases Being Serious About DICK TRACY 2
Personally I'd always wondered why there was never a sequel to actor and director Warren Beatty's 1990 adaptation, Dick Tracy.
In the years since its inception in the 1930's as a comic strip with various radio and television shows and films thereafter, the franchise was a favorite leading up to Beatty's own efforts which prospered at the box office and earned numerous awards. However, the film wasn't a hit in the eyes of its studio who felt they lost more than they gained, legal proceedings ensued between Beatty and Tribune Media Service - the latter who initially owned the film and TV rights to Dick Tracy.
Fast forward to 2013 and Beatty, to date, is still the owner, and, for better or worse, still appears to have been dancing around the issue of sequel. As of this week, the fancy footwork continued over at CinemaCon in Las Vegas where Beatty was asked about the prospects for said sequel, saying “I’m serious about it, but I am slow about these things.” before being whisked away from reporters.
The original film, which also starred pop sensation Madonna, cast its yellow signature trench coat worn by Beatty in the title role set against the backdrop of a 1930's noir setting in a city where he's pitted against Alphonse "Big Boy" Caprice, played by Al Pacino. That film was more than two-and-a-half decades ago, and I don't know how much of a window Beatty actually has here, although it's good that he's remained optimistic. Nevertheless, if a sequel is going to happen, it better happen soon.
I could go on and on until I'm blue in the face about how excited I am for the new action thriller, Triple Threat. I won't, but I will throw my hat in with some words for seasoned stuntman and filmmaker Jesse V. Johnson who, in the wake of a stagnant directing career salvaged by the appeal drawn from his latest release, Savage Dog, has risen above expectations in opportune fashion.
It truly is something to be proud of... a succession accompanied, no less, by a line-up of some serious, prominent action starpower; Names like Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen as well as Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, Michael Bisping and Jeeja Yanin are all but what one would dream of seeing in a single movie together on the big screen, which, at least until starting late last year, almost felt like an impossibility.
Then again, there were people who thought that Jaa would never appear in a movie with Donnie Yen dating back twelve years ago as the Thai action star took the mantle with groundb…
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.
You've seen him play the Game Of Death opposite Bruce Lee in the late martial arts star's final film. You've watched him go down in the iconic bar room brawl as "Sticks" in Out For Justice. You might have even caught him in a heartfelt and defining moment in the finale scene of David Mamet's 2008 martial arts drama, Redbelt.
Or, if you're immersed in the martial arts niche enough then you've likely given a glance at martial arts legend, Dan Inosanto, in various viral self-defense videos online or in segments from the many documentaries he's been featured in within the last few decades, namely Jay Ignacio's The Bladed Hand: The Global Impact of the Filipino Martial Arts or Pete McCormack's I Am Bruce Lee. For certain, the actor and ardent teacher and FMA mainstay's relevance is guaranteed this week with the news of a new biopic based on the Guro's little-known life and history which includes helping the Dallas Cowboys win Super Bow…