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

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05 Jul 2012

Michael Cohl
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

NOV. 8, 2011: Julie Taymor files a lawsuit against the producers of the musical. The lawsuit claims that the producers not only violated her creative rights but also have yet to compensate her for her work on the musical. Spider-Man lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris issued a statement on Nov. 8, reading: "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."

JAN. 17, 2012: In response to Taymor's Nov. 8 suit, the producers of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark file 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. The producers' counterclaims assert that although Taymor was contracted to co-write and collaborate on the musical, she refused "to fulfill her contractual obligations, declaring that she could not and would not do the jobs that she was contracted to do." The counterclaims assert that because of "the delays and increased expense due to Taymor's actions," the producers had to hire other individuals "in order for the show to survive, and for it to continue to provide jobs to the cast and crew and allow investors to recoup their investment." They further claim that Taymor's copyright claims are baseless. The producers also file an antitrust lawsuit against the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Inc., LOH, Inc. and Taymor.



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