Mike Myers Is Sued by Universal

Thursday, June 8th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Now we don't do the dance on ``Sprockets.''

Universal Pictures is suing Michael Myers, accusing him of refusing to do a film based on one of his ``Saturday Night Live'' characters.

The studio had planned the comedy ``Dieter'' as one of its major movies for summer 2001, the trade newspaper Daily Variety reported Wednesday.

``I informed Universal that the script does not work and it needs more time to be fixed,'' Myers said in a statement. ``I cannot, in good conscience, accept $20 million and cheat moviegoers who pay their hard-earned money to see my work.''

The Superior Court lawsuit filed Friday seeks damages of $3.8 million, plus lost profits.

In the ``Saturday Night Live'' sketches, Myers portrayed Dieter, a slick-haired German host of the techno-pop dance show ``Sprockets.'' He and his black-clad guests would often dance at the end of the show.