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« on: March 27, 2011, 05:28:39 PM »

looks like Warren Beatty won the rights, but he's too old to star in it so we should see a younger actor.  I liked his version, it felt pretty true to the comic but it did feel a bit like an ego project too with him in the lead.

do you guys think Dick Tracy can be relevant nowadays?  or is the character and setting a bit too tame for audiences?
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2011, 12:52:04 AM »

I think the biggest problem is that Beatty's version, for all its flaws, did a pretty darn good job of capturing the time period and the comic book style. Looking back on it today, that movie was way ahead of its time. It was capturing the comic book/graphic novel feel that we take for granted today in movies like Sin City, 300, Watchmen, etc - over a decade before them.

The other problem I see is that typically the Hollywood trend for reboots of older movies is to make them grittier, darker, more realistic. 1989's Batman was pretty dark for its day, but contained enough campy elements that it was pretty easy to go even darker with it in Nolan's version. If you go darker and grittier with Dick Tracy I think you're going to remove the essence of the source material. The comic...and hero....are products of their time. Yes, you could probably do a modern Dick Tracy, but you'd be completely changing the source material. And if you kept the time period but removed the campy-ness, you'd gut the soul of the comic.

I think it's doable, but it would be one hell of a tightrope walk.
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2011, 07:31:32 AM »

i did quite like Dick Tracy,he wasn't really big over here in the UK at the time of release,but i liked the film and the cast and i loved the comic book colours..and it had that line from the kid 'go suck an Egg' icon_biggrin
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2011, 02:01:14 PM »

I think that it's a franchise that wasn't particularly viable in the first place and is even less so now.
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2011, 04:24:43 PM »

If a new Dick Tracy movie comes out, I can imagine Jon Hamm (Mad Men's Don Draper) for the role.
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2011, 02:20:03 AM »

Never saw it. Wasn't a Beaty fan and i certainly wasn't a Madonna fan. I was afraid they ruined it. May have to go back and catch it on Netflix.
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2011, 02:22:52 AM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 28, 2011, 07:31:32 AM

i did quite like Dick Tracy,he wasn't really big over here in the UK at the time of release,but i liked the film and the cast and i loved the comic book colours..and it had that line from the kid 'go suck an Egg' icon_biggrin

I remember reading some of the comics they reissued around the release of the movie and was impressed that they got the feel so right.
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