Julie Taymor Files Lawsuit Against Spider-Man; Producers Issue Statement

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08 Nov 2011

Julie Taymor
Julie Taymor
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Julie Taymor, who was let go as director of the much-in-the-news production of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, has filed a lawsuit against the producers of the musical, according to the Associated Press.

The lawsuit claims that the producers not only violated the Tony-winning Lion King's creative rights but also have yet to compensate her for her work on the musical, which is currently playing to capacity crowds at the Foxwoods Theatre.

Attorney Charles Spada, who filed the suit, said in a statement that "the producers' actions have left her no choice but to resort to legal recourse to protect her rights."

Spider-Man lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris issued a statement Nov. 8, which reads, "Since Ms. Taymor’s departure in March, we have repeatedly tried to resolve these issues. The production has indeed compensated Ms. Taymor for her contribution as a co-book writer. Fortunately the court system will provide, once and for all, an opportunity to resolve this dispute. We look forward to a resolution in which everyone is properly compensated for their contribution to Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark."

On Nov. 3 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 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.