Spider-Man Documentary, Chronicling Backstage Drama, Is in the Works

News   Spider-Man Documentary, Chronicling Backstage Drama, Is in the Works A documentary chronicling all the backstage drama surrounding the much-in-the-news musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark may be headed to a cinema near you.

According to the New York Post, filmmaker Jacob Cohl, who is the son of Michael Cohl, one of the lead producers of the musical at Broadway's Foxwoods Theatre, was given access to film footage spanning the first day of rehearsals to the long-awaited June 2011 opening.

Originally intended as promotional video for the production, it soon became clear that all of the turmoil that unfolded during the rehearsal and lengthy preview period could make an exciting backstage-drama documentary.

In her lawsuit against the producers, Tony winner Julie Taymor, the show's original director, is seeking to bar the producers from using any footage of her in the movie. In their countersuit, which was filed earlier this week, the producers state, "Taymor’s attempt to stop the documentary apparently because she is fearful that it may portray her in an unflattering light is a classic prior restraint in violation of the First Amendment."

Whether the documentary sees the light of day will likely depend upon the rulings in Taymor's lawsuit.

On Nov. 3, 2011, the Tony Awards Administration Committee ruled that only Taymor, and not Philip Wm. McKinley, who succeeded her, will be considered eligible for a Tony nomination in the category of Best Direction of a Musical. Taymor will also be eligible for a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical along with Glen Berger and Roberto Aguirre-Sucasa. The creative credits for the June 2011 reboot of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark read this way: music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, book by Julie Taymor, Glen Berger & Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, choreography and aerial choreography by Daniel Ezralow, additional choreography by Chase Brock, creative consultant Philip Wm. McKinley, original direction by Julie Taymor.

Lead producers of the musical are Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris. Also producing are Land Line Productions, Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle/Tony Adams, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Norton Herrick and Herrick Entertainment, Billy Rovzar & Fernando Rovzar, Stephen Bronfman, Jeffrey B. Hecktman, Omneity Entertainment/Richard G. Weinberg, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, S2BN Entertainment, Jam Theatricals, The Mayerson/Gould/Hauser/Tysoe Group, Patricia Lambrecht, and Paul McGuinness, by arrangement with Marvel Entertainment.

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