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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.
EXCLUSIVE: In the months since its evolution, the highly anticipated action thriller, Triple Threat (formely Makeshift Squad) has been a bookmark for many an Asian cinema fan looking to see just how this particular "Asian-Expendables" kind of movie this will bring about. The prospects have been good, too, and notably in the wake of its casting additions including headliners Tiger Chen (Man Of Tai Chi), Tony Jaa (Furious Seven) and Iko Uwais (Headshot), and particularly with 87eleven's own Chad Stahelski (John Wick: Chapter 2) behind the action scenes.
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.
John Stockwell's Kickboxer: Vengeance is now available wherever movies are sold in the U.S. and Canada with other screenings pending. It's a film that otherwise garners caution for fans as a rebooted fanfare that nonetheless has actor and martial artist Alain Moussi leading the action vehicle next to the star of its original iteration, actor Jean-Claude Van Damme.