Warren Beatty confirms plans for Dick Tracy sequel

79-year-old actor set to reprise his role as the pulpy comic-strip detective

It has been more than 25 years since Warren Beatty last donned a yellow trench coat on screen, but the actor may be set to reprise his role as tough-talking comic-strip detective Dick Tracy. Beatty both directed and starred in 1990’s Dick Tracy, a strange and ahead-of-its-time film best remembered for its pioneering art direction (think a more fun, technicolor version of Frank Miller’s Sin City).

As Variety reports, the news was revealed by producer Arnon Milchan on Wednesday as he accepted the Legends of Cinema Award from Beatty at Cinemacon.

After the ceremony, Beatty confirmed that he’s given a Dick Tracy sequel some considerable thought. “I’m serious about it,” he said, “but I’m slow about these things.” Milchan speculated that a project could be completed in as little as two years, which is big news for fans of Beatty’s pulpy crime noir.

Beatty is already locked in to play eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes in a forthcoming film for Milchan’s New Regency production company. That film is slated to be released in the fall, making it prime Oscar bait for the 79-year-old Beatty.

Watch the trailer for Dick Tracy (1990) below.


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