‘Plum’ pic suit settled

DiCaprio, Maguire starrer to get distrib'n outside U.S., Canada

A lawsuit that pitted independent producer David Stutman against Leonardo DiCaprio over the release of the low-budget film “Don’s Plum” was settled Friday.

Under the terms of the settlement, the film will be distributed outside the U.S., Canada and their territories. Neither side would comment further.

In his suit, filed in April, 1998, in L.A. Superior Court, Stutman alleged that DiCaprio and actor Tobey Maguire had tried to block distribution of the film and asserted claims for breach of contract and interference with prospective economic advantage. For their part, the actors claimed they had never agreed to make a full-length feature.

The film concerns a group of friends who gather at a diner for coffee and wide-ranging conversation. The film, which was partially improvised, was shot during six days in 1995 and 1996. First-time director R.D. Robb reportedly tried to sell the 87-minute film to Miramax, but was stopped by DiCaprio and Maguire.

Stutman was represented in the litigation by Henry Gradstein of Gradstein, Luskin and Van Dalsem; DiCaprio was represented by John Lavely Jr. of Lavely and Singer.