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'Dieter' Detour

Jul 23, 2001 | 9:52am EDT

It could have been the Hollywood trial of the century, but now it looks like there will be no trial at all. Daily Variety reports today that a settlement might be imminent in the lawsuits over the unmade "Dieter" movie, which erputed in June after Mike Myers quit the project.

The newspaper says that Steven Spielberg has been acting as a mediator in the dispute, and the settlement could somehow involve DreamWorks.

The mess started when Universal sued Myers for breach of contract, saying he had been paid to write and star in the movie, based on his German, black-clad, artsy-fartsy character and his pet monkey. Imagine Entertainment also said that Myers had broken an agreement.

Myers then countersued against Universal, saying the studio tried to force him into making a movie from a substandard script. He also accused Imagine of using bullying process servers and invading his privacy.

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