By Stephen M. Silverman
July 29, 2003 01:00 PM

Actress Diane Lane is suing Intermedia Film Equities USA for some $2.7 million, claiming the production company failed to finance a film she was slated to star in or to enlist Bruce Willis as her costar.

In her complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, the Oscar-nominated “Unfaithful” actress, 38, alleges that Intermedia agreed to pay her $3.5 million regardless of whether the movie, to have been called “Me Again” was produced, Reuters reports. (This is what’s known as a “pay or play” deal.)

So far, says Lane, Intermedia has coughed up $833,000 in three payments to her, leaving an outstanding remaining balance of about $2.7 million.

Intermedia did not immediately comment on the lawsuit, reports Reuters.

According to Lane’s papers, Intermedia could neither raise enough financing for the film nor negotiate to buy out Willis after the company realized it could not afford his services for the production.

Lane claims Intermedia initially tried to sell the film and her contract to another studio, but then settled on a deal to pay her off.

The actress is also seeking attorneys’ fees and other court costs.