Julie Taymor Reportedly Owed Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars By Spider-Man Producers

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Tony winner Julie Taymor, the ousted director of the much-in-the-news Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, is owed at least six months' pay from the producers of that new musical, according to the Daily Beast.

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Laura Penn, the executive director of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, told the paper, "Julie was paid $125,000 five years ago. For nine years of work on this project that is all she has been paid. It's startling. People assume it's an $85 million production and she made $10 million or walked away with a settlement in the six figures. And it’s just not true."

"One of the requirements we have from producers," Penn added, "is that they provide us with statements of activities, things like box-office receipts and operating costs. And not only are they not paying her, they’re not providing us with those statements. We have no information."

Penn believes Taymor's director’s fees are between $200,000 and $300,000, but that figure does not include her royalties as a co-author of the musical, which is scheduled to officially open June 14 at the Foxwoods Theatre.

About a month ago, Penn sent a letter to the Spider producers on Taymor's behalf. If there is still no response to that letter within the next week's time, the matter will move toward arbitration, according to the Daily Beast.

A spokesperson for Spider-Man had no comment.

It was previously announced that "due to the new schedule, director and co-book writer Julie Taymor will no longer continue in her day-to-day duties with the production."

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