Tribune Media Services wanted to make a live-action TV series based on Dick Tracy with producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Robert Newmyer and Outlaw Productions.
OH.SO WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED?
The TV show would have been given a contemporary makeover to fit in line with the hit TV show Smallville, which had proved popular by bringing the Superman mythology to a new generation.
BUT WHAT DID HAPPEN?
It never got off the ground because of a HUGE legal dispute that existed over the rights to Dick Tracy, following the release of the Dick Tracy (1990) feature film starring Warren Beatty.Beatty claimed certain rights to the property, as did Tribune Media Services and the dispute kept the property locked in a situation where nothing could actually happen until it was resolved.In 2009 Tribune filed for bankruptcy, which didn’t help either.
WAS THIS SUCH A BAD THING?
Yes and no.Dick Tracy had not quite captured the public’s imagination as a film and with all the star names attached to the movie it was difficult to see how the TV series could have improved things.A contemporary spin on the material may have been the answer, but there was a certain charm to the look and feel of Dick Tracy that kept it working as a period piece and so transporting it into another time would have possibly made it too generic.
BUT WHAT IF?
If Dick Tracy had made it into a live-action series then teenagers across the land would have had posters plastered on their walls featuring their no.1 Dick.
In fact Dick would have been everywhere; in shops, in homes and on the lips of every guy and every gal.There would have been groups and fan clubs set up in praise of Dick, with the leader of each organisation known as the Dick Heads and every year they would have held balls for Dick, to celebrate the power wielded by such a spearhead.
There would have been no stopping the popularity of Dick and the world would have gone Dick crazy!