Veteran star Warren Beatty filed papers on Thursday (16Jul09) in a bid to ban cameras from his upcoming DICK TRACY court case.
Beatty is due in a Delaware, U.S. court on 23 July (09) in an ongoing case with Tribune Media Services - a unit of bankrupt newspaper publisher Tribune - in relation to the ownership rights of the police detective character.
The company alleges Beatty "wrongly claims" to have exclusive motion picture and television rights to DICk Tracy - even though he bought the broadcast rights in 1985 and went on to act and direct the 1990 film of the same name, which also starred Madonna and Al Pacino.
Tribune Co. claims Beatty "made no productive use" of the rights for more than a decade and therefore they should revert back to Tribune as the franchise is potentially worth millions.
Beatty is set to appear in court later this month (Jul09) to fight the case - but he wants to make sure cameras are not allowed access.
His attorneys filed an emergency motion on Thursday asking the judge to prohibit the videotaping of the actor's deposition, arguing that videotaping is unnecessary and could result in a violation of his privacy.
Tribune has offered to negotiate a protective order restricting dissemination of any tape, but Beatty insists the order would be inadequate to prevent Internet distribution.