Julie Taymor Reaches Settlement with Spider-Man Producers and Book Writer Glen Berger
Two years after she was ousted as director of the high-flying Broadway extravaganza, Taymor has finally made peace with her former collaborators.
Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor (The Lion King) will never see her day in court, but according to a joint statement from all litigants, she's cool with that.
"I'm pleased to have reached an agreement and hope for the continued success of Spider-Man, both on Broadway and beyond," said Taymor, perhaps as she stealthily pocketed a hefty settlement check (amount undisclosed).
Taymor sued 8 Legged Productions LLC, the producing entity for Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark in November 2011 after she was removed as director in March of that year, claiming $1 million in damages. The show's opening had been delayed multiple times by script revisions and safety concerns. After firing Taymor, the producers brought on director Philip William McKinley (The Boy From Oz) and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Good Boys and True) to clean up the show. It eventually opened on June 14, 2011, keeping elements of Taymor's original script and direction.
Taymor also named book writer Glen Berger in the suit. Berger stayed on the production when Taymor left to hammer out the revised script with Aguirre-Sacasa. According to an anonymous source in the New York Post (grain of salt), "She hates him more than anyone…She feels he's the architect of all that's happened."
Still, there seem to be no hard feelings on Berger's end if the meticulously cordial joint statement is to be believed: "I am very glad the parties have put the claims behind them," said Berger. "I look forward to seeing fruitful work from all those involved."
The statement didn't mention how this settlement will affect Berger's forthcoming tell-all about the backstage drama surrounding Spider-Man, but according to simonandschuster.com, you can still purchase Berger's The Song of Spider-Man for $25.00 on November 5, 2013 ($11.99 if you have an e-reader).