Oh yeah, it’s on.
After being ousted from the directing chair of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the troubled Broadway show about the webslinger, director Julie Taymor kept a tight smile at the opening of the show. However, now the gloves are off and she’s suing the producers over her creative rights and unpaid royalties.
“As the lawsuit filed today makes clear, the defendants have violated Ms. Taymor’s creative rights as an author of ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,'” said Taymor’s lawyer, Charles Spada, in a statement. “Moreover, the producers have failed to compensate Ms. Taymor for their continued use of her work to date.”
Earlier this year, the Stage Director and Choreographers’ Society (SDC) filed an arbitration claim against the show’s producers over unpaid directing royalties to Taymor.
Taymor was replaced as director by Philip William McKinley, who removed some Taymor trademarks, including a chorus of geeks and the second act dramatics of a spider-woman named Arachne.
While no more drama is needed for the unbelievable Spider-Man musical saga—already ranging from sudden death to a rash of bizarre injuries—this is just a finishing touch of controversy.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.