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Thaw nears in ‘Dieter’ cold war

Dreamworks in shadows, pulling strings

The most entertaining case of the year, the imbroglio among Mike Myers, Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment over “Dieter,” could be coming to a quick end.

Sources close to the case say a settlement is imminent. Earlier settlement discussions involved Steven Spielberg as a mediator, and the perception is that if a settlement holds this time it could involve DreamWorks.

The brouhaha began in June, when Universal sued Myers for breach of contract, accusing him of walking off the “Dieter” feature. In July, producer Imagine Entertainment jumped into the fray claiming Myers breached a separate deal with Imagine.

A week later, Myers sued Universal, claiming that the studio tried to bully him into making “Dieter” with an unacceptable script. He also brought an array of claims related to abusive service of the complaint and named Imagine’s Brian Grazer as a co-conspirator for divulging his home address.

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