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Julie Taymor exits Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, new director hired

Julie Taymor

As expected, the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark announced this evening that Julie Taymor will step aside as director of the much-delayed and derided $65 million musical. They also confirmed that opening night has been moved from March 15 to early summer, marking the show’s sixth postponement.

Taymor will be replaced by Philip William McKinley (The Boy From Oz), who joins an expanded creative team — it includes playwright and comics writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, musical consultant Paul Bogaev and sound designer Peter Hylenski — that will overhaul the production over the next three months. Performances are expected to shut down for two to three weeks in April and May to accommodate the retooling and rehearsals.

According to The New York Times, the producers, along with composers Bono and the Edge, told the cast this evening that Taymor was out but would remain involved in the show, although not in a day-to-day capacity.

That point was emphasized in a joint statement from lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris: “Julie Taymor is not leaving the creative team. Her vision has been at the heart of this production since its inception and will continue to be so. Julie’s previous commitments mean that past March 15th, she cannot work the 24/7 necessary to make the changes in the production in order to be ready for our opening.”

The Times notes that the producers’ press release doesn’t include a comment from Taymor, an omission the newspaper characterizes as “a sign of the discord among them.” Indeed, today’s announcement follows weeks of friction, during which the Tony Award-winning director reportedly refused requests by producers to allow outsiders to make changes to the widely panned show.



I know what can save it:

Charlie Sheen.

I know what can save it, from more humiliation. 1 bullet to the temple BOOM! Just finish it already.

Funny how the truth of why she has to “move on to her next project” becomes more apparent after you wade through the crap that comes before it?

Feels like the article wants to pile on like everyone else.


I imagine this doesn’t bode well for her reputation, especially after fumbling a $65 million production like this.

“who joins an expanded creative team”?

Sounds like an application of “Brook’s Law” is in order.

Please don’t serve as a Julie Taymor apologist and claim the media is “piling on”, as a previous poster claims. Ms. Taymor has been with this show for NINE YEARS and through FIVE POSTPONEMENTS. What “prior commitment” did Ms. Taymor have that would keep her from continueing with the show? When did she make this “prior commitment”? Ten years ago?

No. The producers are simply making a diplomatic statement to allow Ms. Taymor to save some face, when the truth is plain for all to see; that after nine years and $65+ million dollars she could not deliver a satisfying show. It is not “piling on” to report the truth. Sometimes the truth just hurts.

….and when will they get rid of Bono and The Edge? They truly have made this “musical” unwatchable with the lyrical bores they’ve crafted.

at least Taymore should be happy she stuck with it and tried to make spider man turn of the dark try to turn around from being the black hole it is. hopefully the new person in charge maybe works a miricle and gets the train wreck on tracks other wise maybe Julie leaving is a sign spider man turn of the dark days could finaly be numbered

This is going to play total havoc with the cast. Having a director who understands your tics and rhythms is very important-bringing in a new person at this stage in the game isn’t going to help with performances unless he has a LOT of time to work with the cast.

Bringing in Roberto Aguire-Sacasa gives me some hope. Loved his Sensational Spider-Man run, the Loki mini and his work on HBO’s Big Love.

Yeah get rid of Swiss Miss, make Green Goblin not look like Lady Gaga and tie Bono to a chair and force them to watch ‘Twas a Nightmare Before Christmas’ to teach them how to write songs for a musical and then Turn off the Dark will have a shot in the dark. :P

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