Dick Tracy Special: Tracy Zooms In (2023)
February 22, 2023 8:18 AM - Subscribe

Warren Beatty presents his second Dick Tracy sequel? Well, yeah. Sorta.

Basically, this is the second time that out of pure orneriness Warren Beatty has made a "sequel" to his 1990 film Dick Tracy that is really just a low effort televised interview with him in costume as Tracy that extends his exclusive film rights to the character for another few years.

Despite the film being a hit, Disney never came through on its promises to let him make a sequel. The Tribune Co thought they could swipe the rights back, but Beatty sued and won. So Beatty, first in 2010, and now again in 2023 made a fuck you, this legally counts as a sequel so I'm keeping the rights sequel that is so phoned in, it's like Andy Kaufman-level trolling. He dumps them on TCM for a single showing in the middle of the night and gets to hold the rights a while longer.

This time, he'll have the rights through 2027, when the character becomes public domain. [chef's kiss]

Want to watch Beatty in costume as Tracy mumbling, "No, no, no... that's not how I would've done it" over interminable clips from the 1990 film? How about Beatty as Tracy having lunch with Beatty as himself? Leonard Maltin and Ben Mankiewicz are the interviewers.

It's all very deeply weird. More at Den of Geek if you're interested.

The 27 minute special in its entirety on YouTube.
posted by DirtyOldTown (5 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I rather liked it.
posted by davidmsc at 9:25 AM on February 22, 2023

What are you even talking about. I will try to watch it soon.
posted by Glinn at 5:56 PM on February 23, 2023

Well, I watched both. For those coming after, it is not necessary to watch the first one because you get the gist of it in the second one. Odd but entertaining in a chill kinda way.
posted by Glinn at 11:49 AM on February 24, 2023 [1 favorite]

This was oddly relaxing to watch, real 2am cable TV energy. I wish he would do this for the Bulworth character instead. Just a man getting older and older wearing the latest hip hop fashions. Trap house Bulworth. Lean-drinking Bulworth, etc.
posted by dis_integration at 9:37 PM on February 24, 2023 [1 favorite]

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