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Warren Beatty “Very Serious” About A ‘Dick Tracy’ Sequel; Long-Gestating Howard Hughes Movie Will Arrive In Fall

Warren Beatty "Very Serious" About A ‘Dick Tracy’ Sequel; Long-Gestating Howard Hughes Movie Will Arrive In Fall

It’s been a long time coming, but Warren Beatty‘s untitled Howard Hughes movie will finally see the light of day this fall via New Regency Productions. The 79-year-old actor-director’s long delayed passion project wrapped up principal photography in June 2014, but has since undergone a number of pick-ups and reshoots. Well known for being a perfectionist, Beatty has sat on the film since then, as speculation arose over the film’s delay. But at a luncheon at CinemaCon, New Regency producer Arnon Milchan said a fall or winter release date was planned.

The film will center on eccentric, billionaire industrialist Hughes’ final years and the relationship he had with young aspiring actress Marla Mabrey, played in the film by Lily Collins, with Alden Ehrenreich, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Steve Coogan and Chace Crawford rounding out the cast (above is a first look of the film from IMDB). The picture will mark Beatty’s first directorial effort since 1998, when he starred and helmed the political satire “Bulworth.” 

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At CinemaCom on Wednesday, Beatty also announced that he is considering making a sequel to his eye-popping 1990 film “Dick Tracy” (shot by the legendary cinematorgrapher Vittorio Storaro). The highly-stylized film adaptation of the popular comic strip featured an all-star cast, including Al Pacino, Madonna, Dustin Hoffman, Dick Van Dyke, and Beatty himself as the titular, suave, yellow-raincoat wearing private detective. However, the picture was considered a box office disappointment by Disney, and Beatty himself was tangled in lawsuits for years over the rights to the character, emerging victorious a few years back.

With respect to developing the sequel, Beatty stated, “I’m serious about it, but I am slow about these things.” 

Sure, it seems like a pipe-dream given Beatty’s glacial pace in the last two decades, but New Regency’s Milchan, who was at CinemaCon to receive an award, is optimistic the sequel could be completed within two years. These plans are “very serious,” he added. [Variety]

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