Dick Tracy surfaces in Tribune bankruptcy

Dispute with Warren Beatty over character heads to court

WILMINGTON, Del. -- A judge presiding over Tribune Co.'s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case will take up a dispute with actor Warren Beatty over the TV and movie rights to comic book character Dick Tracy.

Tribune Media Services, a Tribune subsidiary, has been feuding with Beatty over the rights to the cartoon detective.

Tribune attorneys want the Delaware bankruptcy court to declare that the media company owns the rights. Attorneys for Beatty are pushing for a jury trial in California and plan to ask that Tribune's filing be dismissed.

The judge agreed Thursday to have preliminary briefs submitted by both sides by early June.