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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.
The past few weeks have been stirring the fan fervor a bit between Wu Jing's current Hong Kong run with hit sequel, Wolf Warrior 2, as well as Donnie Yen in lieu of his upcoming crime drama, Chasing The Dragon. Both names circulated the rumormill in hyperbolic fanboy fashion next to that of action star Jet Li (League Of Gods) who himself scaled back substantially on physically demanding roles in recent years due to his own health.
Whatever the case may be now, of course there's a photo flying around on social media with no context to it whatsoever, and doing nothing to ease the curiousity with specifics. For this, we now have some much-needed clarity with news of the new shortfilm, Master, now in production with Yen, Wu and Li involved. Unknown are the respective degrees of involvement while it is also reported that Jack Ma invited the trio to work together on this project.
Regarding the above photo, it was taken with congratulations to Yen in the wake of his recent fourteen-…
With the upcoming rollout or Jesse Johnson's The Pay Up, Accident Man and Triple Threat in his wake, leave it to action star Scott Adkins to help carry the mantle with word on the upcoming action thriller revisal, Sinners & Saints: Vengeance. Adkins will reunite once more with Chad Law-penned Jarhead 3: The Siege helmer William Kaufman who, in turn, reunites with actor Johnny Strong who led the initial 2011 revenge cop thriller.
The film aims as a stand-alone sequel which tells of a New Orleans detective who journeys to Moscow to avenge the murder of his partner at the hands of a syndicate enforcer with the help of an old war buddy, and the enforcer's lover. Law, whose writing credits also include Kaufman's zombie hit thriller, Daylight's End and Isaac Florentine's Adkins-led home invasion action pic, Close Range, is scripting with Saints And Sinners scribe Jay Moses ahead of the film's Bulgarian shoot this Winter.
Three years, two films and more than a global gross of $171 million dollars later, the fact is there's no way that the John Wick film saga was not getting third installment. That became clearer last October as well as back in June with reports of Derek Kolstad returning to pen the script; Chad Stahelski's involvement was still being ironed out even after sharing the helm with 87Eleven partner David Leitch for the 2014 original and debuting as a solo director on the sequel.
For this, we have new trade updates over at Deadline officiating Stahelski's return for John Wick: Chapter Three which now has an official release date set for May 17, 2019. Casting remains pending while the most obvious of the reprising bunch will be that of actor Keanu Reeves whose portrayal of the title character - a stoic hitman forced to violently broker his wishful exit from the highly-organized criminal underworld regulated by a self-sustaining global syndicate known as The Continental, which its…