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Red Granite, ‘Dumb and Dumber’ Producers Settle Dispute Over Sequel

Red Granite Pictures and Brad Krevoy and Steve Stabler have settled their legal  tangle over the sequel to “Dumb and Dumber,” and will dismiss lawsuits each side filed last year.

The litigation was over Krevoy and Stabler’s claim that Red Granite froze them out of “Dumb and Dumber To.”  Krevoy and Stabler, who were producers on the 1994 original, contended that they were contractually entitled to compensation and producing credits. Friday’s announcement of the settlement lists them as executive producers.

Krevoy and Stabler also said in a statement, “We apologize for naming Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland as individual defendants rather than just Red Granite.” Aziz and McFarland are principals in the company.

Earlier this week, Krevoy and Stabler withdrew their racketeering claims against Red Granite and their principals, although there was no mention of a settlement at the time. A request for dismissal was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday.

As the dispute was brewing, Red Granite had filed a suit against Krevoy and Stabler last year, seeking a declaration that the duo had no claim on the sequel.

Krevoy and Stabler then filed a counterclaim, contending that a written agreement from 1994 gave them a right of first negotiation for sequels and remakes on terms as least as favorable to the original, and that Red Granite assumed that obligation when it purchased the rights. They contended in that claim that they were owed a minimum of $400,000 in front end compensation as well as producing credits.

Krevoy and Stabler then made the racketeering allegations in an amended complaint on March 25.

“Dumb and Dumber To” reunites stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels and directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly. The script was written by the Farrellys along with Sean Anders, John Morris, Mike Cerrone and Bennett Yellin.

Aziz and McFarland will be listed as producers along with Charlie Wessler, Bradley Thomas and The Farrelly Brothers.

Executive producers along with Krevoy and Stabler will be Marc Fischer, David Koplan, Danny Dimbort and Christian Mercuri.

Universal is releasing the sequel on Nov. 14.

Krevoy and Stabler were represented by Bryan Freedman, Steven Formaker and Steven Stiglitz of Freedman and Taitelman. Red Granite was represented by Patricia Glaser, Paul Salvaty and Camilla Chan of Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro.

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