Rights issue derails Archie Comics' planned Dick Tracy reboot

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Jan 17, 2018, 9:35 AM EST

Last month, Archie Comics announced that they would be bringing famed police detective Dick Tracy back to comics in a new reboot revolving around the early years of his crime-solving career. Now it looks like that series won't be moving forward as planned after all.

In a series of now-deleted tweets from the Tribune Content Agency, via io9, it was reported that the Dick Tracy reboot comic had to be abruptly scrapped due to an unforeseen licensing error. According to the original statement, although Archie Comics "negotiated the deal in good faith," "a preexisting licensing deal" was later discovered and has prevented the new series, which had been planned for an April 2018 release, from happening at all.

One of the series' planned co-authors, Archie Comics' Alex Segura, confirmed the announcement via his own Twitter account:

This isn't the first instance in which the licensing rights to Dick Tracy have led to a sticky situation for involved parties. In the past, Tribune was involved in a lengthy lawsuit with actor Warren Beatty in order to recover film and television rights to the character, and similar issues prevented an earlier Dick Tracy comic series by Brian Michael Bendis from ever seeing the light of day.

At this point, Dick Tracy's adventures may be over and done with for the time being.