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Newsflash: Taymor vs. Spider-Man Producers in Legal Action


Just when you think the long struggling spectacle that is Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark might be over, as they head into what is looking to be an official opening soon, up pops another issue for the show to take on. The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) have taken action against Spider-Man Broadway, LLC, the producer of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark for failure to pay royalties to Julie Taymor, The show’s original director and co-writer.

In a statement, the executive director of the SDC stated, “Taymor has given nine years of her life to this project. The Producer has absolutely no right, legally and ethically, to withhold royalties that are due to her. In fact, the right to use her work, on Broadway or anywhere else, is dependent upon the payment of royalties.”

Spider-Man, which has shattered the record for longest time in previews, has been in such a state at the Foxwoods Theatre since November 2010, previously announced that “due to the new schedule, director and co-book writer Julie Taymor will no longer continue in her day-to-day duties with the production.”

Perhaps the producers feel that Taymor broke her contract? Whatever it is, it’s certainly not what the show was hoping to be in the news for these days.

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