Saturday, January 21, 2012
Spider-Man Documentary in the Works
Playbil.com is reporting that a documentary based around the ups and downs and twists and turns of the current Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is now in the works. According to their report and a report from the New York Post, filmmaker Jacob Cohl, whose father, Michael Cohl, is one of the producers of the Spider-Man musical, had been granted access to film everything from the first day of rehearsals to the opening night. The footage, originally intended as promotional materials for the show, but once the show ran into turmoil, it became clear that there was better use for the film. Julie Taymour, in her lawsuit against the show's producers from last November, is looking to bar the film from using any footage of her. In the producers' countersuit against Taymour, they state, "Taymor’s attempt to stop the documentary apparently because she is fearful that it may portray her in an unflattering light is a classic prior restraint in violation of the First Amendment."