Julie Taymor Sues "Spider-Man" Musical Producers

After many, many months of previews, press drubbings, rewrites and adjustments, Broadway's adaptation of Marvel Comics biggest character in "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" finally seems to have settled in for a long run for audiences in New York City. But the public drama surrounding the big budget musical's creation appears far from over.

Variety today reports that Julie Taymor - the original director and writer behind the first version of the show - has filed suit against the producers of "Turn Off The Dark" in order to receive proper credit and pay, she claims. "As the lawsuit filed today makes clear, the defendants have violated Ms. Taymor's creative rights as an author of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,'" Taymor's lawyer, Charles Spada, told the trade. "Moreover, the producers have failed to compensate Ms. Taymor for their continued use of her work to date."

As fans both in and outside of New York may well know, Taymor - the theatrical talent behind hits like "The Lion King" and films including the recent adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" - was originally tapped as the primary creator behind the musical. After preparing a book with music from U2's Bono and The Edge, Taymor's initial run as director of the production was plagued by accidents, adjustments and the longest preview period in Broadway history.

Earlier this year, the producers closed down production for extensive rewrites at the hands of "Spider-Man" comic scribe Roberto Aguire-Sacasa and Glen Berger, and handed over directing reins to Philip William McKinley. The show has since officially opened in its new form. You can read CBR's reviews of "Turn Off The Dark" from both the Taymor run and the McKinley version.

Recently, the Stage Director and Choreographers' Society filed an arbitration claim for directing royalties on behalf of Taymor, and she was credited with the "original direction" of the show in order to qualify for the Tony Awards as well as being listed as co-book writer and mask designer.

For more on the suit, check out Variety, and stay tuned to CBR News for more on "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark."

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