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Spider-Man musical gets new producers — and a Peter Parker

Reeve Carney

Reeve Carney

The creative team behind Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark emerged from today’s meeting with an announcement about new producers and official word on the musical’s lead actor.

What they didn’t reveal, however, was a specific date for the troubled Broadway musical, only saying that it will open in 2010 at the Hilton Theatre in Manhattan. The show, whose proposed budget has ballooned to $52 million, initially was set to bow in late March, but the most recent rumors had it opening past April 29 — the cutoff for Tony Award nominations.

The creative team confirmed relative newcomer Reeve Carney, long rumored for the role, has been cast as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. The casting initially had been reported this morning in the Los Angeles Times. The 26-year-old Carney, lead singer of the rock band of the same name, also will appear in Spider-Man director Julie Taymor’s big-screen adaptation of The Tempest.

In Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Carney joins Evan Rachel Wood as Mary Jane and Alan Cumming as Green Goblin in a production scored by Bono and the Edge.

This afternoon’s press release also included the announcement that Michael Cohl has replaced Chicago lawyer David Garfinkle as lead producer, with Jeremiah J. Harris becoming second producer. The full producing team is Cohl, Harris, Hello Entertainment/Garfinkle, Marvel Entertainment/David Maisel, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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Looks great! Can’t wait, although he’ll need to clean up a bit before he goes on stage

This guy makes Tobey Maguire look tougher than any UFC fighter.

The very first time I heard about this musical, I thought it was a joke. But, when you think about it, it might actually work. Carney looks about right for the part though I’m surprised they got someone as high profile as Rachel Evan Wood to play Mary Jane.

Train wreck in the making. It will have to get amazing word of mouth to have any chance to break even. And I just don’t see it happening, especially since U2 has never written for Broadway and since Taymor is a one hit wonder whose visions usually exceeds any actual skill for creating a story.

Simon, I think you’re missing the point. This is a train wreck that promises to move beyond mere failure and into the realm of fiasco. People will pay to see a fiasco.

I dunno… He looks like a total wuss to me. A wuss who’s a heroin addict. I’m not saying he is, just that he looks that way in the picture. I gotta agree with Simon, and Julian. Train wreck… Fiasco.. Whatever.

I could be wrong, but the whole thing just seems crazy. U2, writing songs for a Broadway musical. About Spider-Man. Given the enormous costs and the problems/delays already, I don’t see how this thing can over hope to even make its money back.

Then again, I never thought they’d get this far.

If this show doesn’t have a J Jonah Jameson song about how much he hates Spider-Man then it will have failed on every level possible.

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