The Spider-Man Chronicles: A Guide to a Year's Worth of Legal Action at Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark

By Robert Simonson
05 Jul 2012

Julie Taymor
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

JUNE 2, 2011: Julie Taymor—the original director of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, who was ousted by the producers in March—resurfaced to say she was owed at least six months' pay. Laura Penn, the executive director of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, speaking for Taymor, said the director was paid only $125,000 five years ago, and was owed between $200,000 and $300,000, a figure that did not include her royalties as a co-author of the musical.

JUNE 9, 2011: The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society filed an arbitration claim against Spider-Man Broadway, LLC, the producer of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, for failure to pay royalties to Julie Taymor.

SEPT. 29, 2011: An arbitration hearing between dismissed Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark director Julie Taymor and the show's producers is scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 3. Taymor, who has been working on the spectacle for almost a decade, claims she is owed $500,000 in unpaid royalties for her work. The Times reports that the producers will claim that Taymor was in breach of contract.

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