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Goldwyn settles suit on ‘Mitty’ NL rights

Settlement amount not disclosed

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. has settled a suit he brought against New Line over the rights of a remake of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” for an undisclosed amount.

The suit, filed in L.A. Superior Court in May 2001, alleged that New Line breached an agreement to remake “Walter Mitty” by threatening to cancel the deal.

Goldwyn alleged that New Line bought the rights in 1995 to a remake of the 1947 comedy starring Danny Kaye with the understanding that Goldwyn and his production company would be involved in creative decisions. In 1999, New Line attached Chuck Russell to rewrite and direct the film, with Jim Carrey in the starring role.

The lawsuit claimed that New Line extended the deal until May 2001 but then announced that it wanted to transfer the rights for the remake to another company and have Goldwyn surrender his creative input. He refused to do so.

Goldwyn was seeking to hold New Line to the original agreement or have the company give up its rights altogether. Goldwyn was seeking unspecified damages.

(Wire services contributed to this report.)

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