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Beatty in court over Tracy rights
Warren Beatty
Beatty played detective Dick Tracy opposite Madonna in the 1990 film
Actor Warren Beatty, 69, faces a court battle over rights to comic book character Dick Tracy, according to news agency Agence France Presse.

Beatty, who starred and directed 1990 film Dick Tracy, filed legal action in May 2005 against Tribune Media.

A Los Angeles judge ruled that the case should now go to trial.

A 1985 deal gave Beatty control of the detective character, but he says they were wrongly taken back by Tribune. The actor is planning a film sequel.

Tribune Media Services owns many US TV stations and newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times.

The rights issue will go to trial after a judge rejected Tribune's request to conclude the proceedings in its favour.

Original deal

In the legal action, which began in 2005, Beatty claims he gave the rights to Disney to produce the 1990 film, which made more than $100m (54.7m).

The veteran Hollywood star maintains that Tribune attempted to take back the rights in 2002, but not in accordance with the original deal.

Disney rejected Tribune's claim on the rights and handed most of them back to Beatty in May 2005, according to the actor's lawyer, Bertram Fields.

Mr Fields has claimed that the original agreement was specifically drawn up to give Beatty a shot at making a sequel.

"It was very carefully done and they just ignored it," Mr Fields said last year.




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