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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.
2013 saw the genesis of an ambitious and original new endeavor from Canadian martial arts film and stunt troupe, Team 2X. That project, from industry stuntman and coordinator James Mark (Wolves), hails this week from Raven Banner with forthcoming release, Kill Order, aiming to spark a new wave of feature length martial arts movie fandom with stuntman and martial artist Chris Mark (Scott Pilgrim VS. The World) setting the stage for his own feature acting debut. When David, a troubled high school student who appears to suffer from mental illness, finds himself in a situation where he is about to be taken captive for reasons unknown, a dark power takes over his body opening the doors to a world of superhuman abilities and a past kept secret.Also starring are Dan Park, Denis Akiyama and Jessica Clement along with the mind-blowing feats of Team 2X for its November 24 premiere at the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival. Raven Banner will then follow suit with a U.S./Canada release on F…
Friday night marked another big event weekend in which I had the opportunity to partially partake. A night of festive dining, laughter and comeradery that felt all too short for me, though I managed to fend off the sleep deprivation for a whole day to write about it. Feel free to check it out of you fancy it.
Of course, the work doesn't stop there. This week's installment of the Hit List is packed with a fresh new load of film, stunt and screenfighting talent and much more.
As such, it was actress and martial artist Geneviève Doang(STUDIO+ series Dragon Race) who left a striking impression on me a few Winters ago with one of the best action comedy short you'll ever see involving two heroes kicking NAZI ass, Le Aventures De Tranh Et Nowak. The short, also starring actor Quentin d'Hainaut, was intially meant as a pilot for a hopeful series that never came to pass but you can still catch the short online. And, in pairing fashion, you will find that footage visible in thei…
Next year will soon see the premiere of the CW's latest superhero serial adaptation, Black Lighting. That hasn't hindered actor and award-winning filmmaker Choice Skinner from installing his own seal of approval on the popular DC Comics character and as it stands, lending a spotlight to two major superhero IPs in the same universe.
For this, Skinner's own independently-produced and non-profit fan film project, Black Lightining: Tobias's Revenge, is finally set to air its finale on Tuesday at 9:00am PST/12:00pm Eastern. The news comes following the release of the first part back in April from Darkan Entertainment, LLC., and self-funded with sponsorship by Action VFX, with Skinner directing as well as starring and sharing writing duties with actor James Moten Black. Ex-Mayor and crime Lord Tobias Whale has returned to Suicide Slums to exact revenge against local famed superhero Black Lightning. Tobias gathers gang members from the local gang 100 and several other super v…