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Julie Taymor and Spider-Man Producers Settle Lawsuit

By New York City
Julie Taymor
(© Tristan Fuge)
Julie Taymor
(© Tristan Fuge)
A settlement has been reached in Federal Court between director Julie Taymor and the producers of the hit Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, according to The New York Times. No terms were disclosed.

Taymor had reportedly sued the producers, as well as co-author Glen Berger, for "violating Ms. Taymor's creative rights as an author of the show" and not compensating Ms. Taymor for her contributions to the show after her departure.

After a much-publicized preview period, Taymor was sidelined from the musical with Philip William McKinley being brought on board to implement new staging prior to the show's official press opening, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacassa did additional work on the book. However, Taymor is still listed as the show's "original director."

Producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris filed a countersuit in January 2012 saying that she violated the terms of her contract and "could not and would not do the jobs" she was hired to do, and thus was not entitled to further royalties.

The show, which continues to play to strong houses at the Foxwoods Theatre, follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down when he's bitten by a genetically altered spider and must learn that with great powers comes great responsibility.


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