Julie Taymor, Glen Berger and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Producers Reach Settlement
By Michael Gioia
Julie Taymor, Glen Berger and 8 Legged Productions LLC, the producer of Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, announced April 10 that the pending litigation between them has been settled by mutual agreement of all parties.
The parties' settlement agreement resolves Taymor's claims against 8 Legged — in connection with her work on the book of the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark — with respect to both the current New York production and subsequent productions.
All claims between all of the parties in the litigation have been resolved. Details of the agreement were not announced.
Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris of 8 Legged Productions said in a joint statement, "We're happy to put all this behind us. We are now looking forward to spreading Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark in new and exciting ways around the world."
Taymor added, "I'm pleased to have reached an agreement and hope for the continued success of Spider-Man, both on Broadway and beyond."
Berger said, "I am very glad the parties have put the claims behind them. I look forward to seeing fruitful work from all those involved."
As previously reported, a tentative deal settling the dispute over her role in the creation of the musical was reached with 8 Legged Productions, the producer, in August 2012, but the case was later reopened.
In November 2011, original Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark director Taymor filed a lawsuit against the producers of the musical claiming that the producers violated her creative rights and did not compensate her for her work on the musical.
In response to Taymor's suit, the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark filed an answer and countersuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against the director and her company, LOH, Inc., in January 2012. The producers' counterclaims said that Taymor refused "to fulfill her contractual obligations, declaring that she could not and would not do the jobs that she was contracted to do."
The first oral arguments were made in the federal suit in June 2012. Read the earlier Playbill.com story for a complete timeline of the legal action involved with Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
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