Warren Beatty hasn’t closed the case on Dick Tracy yet. More than a quarter-century after directing and starring in a movie about the lantern-jawed detective, the actor and filmmaker is still mulling a potential sequel.
Arnon Milchan, the film producer and New Regency founder, let the cat out of the bag at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Wednesday, according to Variety, and Beatty confirmed the news. “I’m serious about it, but I am slow about these things,” he told the publication. No further details were provided, and representatives for Beatty did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.
Released in 1990, Beatty’s brightly colored Dick Tracy film adapted Chester Gould’s long-running comic strip and featured a cast including Al Pacino, Madonna, Dustin Hoffman, James Caan, and William Forsythe. The movie received mixed reviews but grossed grossed more than $100 million at the domestic box office and took home Oscars for original song, makeup, and art direction.
Beatty, 79, has long contemplated revisiting the character, and he won a legal battle over the film rights in 2011. That same year, he told the audience at a Los Angeles Times event, “I think it’s dumb to talk about movies before you make them. I just don’t do it. It gives you a reason to avoid making them.”
Fortunately, moviegoers won’t have to wait indefinitely to see his next film. Milchan reportedly said Beatty’s long-gestating Howard Hughes movie will likely be released in the fall or winter.