Friday, January 20, 2012

Spider-Man Producers Sue Tamour

Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is back in the news and in the courts. The producers of the show are suing the productions original director, Julie Taymour, "charging that she violated her contract and should be denied royalty payments from the Broadway show and from any future productions of Spider-Man," according to Patrick Healy's New York Times article. The suit, "filed in federal court in Manhattan ... seeks to erase Ms. Taymour entirely from the Spider-Man universe going forward."

According to the 66-page court filing, when Taymour declared that she "could not and would not do the jobs that she was contracted to do," in regard to major script and staging overhauls, requiring that she be replaced by other creators whose work she cannot lay claim to, she violated her contract. According to the lawyers representing the lead producers who wrote the filing, "Taymour refused to develop a musical that followed the original, family-friendly Spider-Man story, which was depicted in the Marvel comic books and the hugely successful motion picture trilogy based on them."

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