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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark producers fire back, sue Julie Taymor

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

The producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark struck back Tuesday against a lawsuit by Julie Taymor, claiming the former director violated her own contract before she was fired in March, and shouldn’t receive any royalties from the $75 million Broadway musical.

Taymor, who also co-wrote the long-troubled show, sued producers in November, arguing that the overhauled musical violates her copyrights. She also said she deserves full credit and pay, despite her public ouster. Taymor seeks at least $1 million, as well as future royalties.

But according to The New York Times, the producers’ countersuit insists Taymor “could not and would not do the jobs that she was contracted to do,” forcing others to undertake those responsibilities, resulting in a new show over which she has no claim.

In the court filing they say Taymor refused to create an original, family-friendly musical based on Marvel’s Spider-Man and instead “insisted on developing a dark, disjointed and hallucinogenic musical involving suicide, sex and death.”

Following Taymor’s firing, Spider-Man shut down for three weeks to undergo an overhaul at the hands of new director Philip William McKinley and writers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Glen Berger. When the musical returned in mid-May for previews, it was described as “virtually unrecognizable” from the show savaged by critics in February.

“As a result of all of the changes that Taymor could not and would not make, the Spider-Man musical is now a hit,” the producers say in their suit. “The show is a success despite Taymor, not because of her.”

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which costs $1.2 million a week to produce, grossed about $1.4 million last week, behind Wicked and The Lion King. It has brought in about $81 million since performances began in November 2010.

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mix rich people and lawyers and this is what you get

How does this show violate her copyrights? She’s the one who was working with someone else’s intellectual property. She couldn’t even do it right. The way the original show was described seemed like it completely missed the point of Spider-Man.

Here is the best review I have read for this show. It’s an insane, over the top rave. Very entertaining to read in its bizarre love for this show.

http://mankabros.com/blogs/btp/2011/06/14/spider-man-turn-off-the-dark-is-an-absolute-triumph-review/

Tamor holds the copyrigh to the show’s book.

Taymor getting further money from STOTD is like giving bonuses to the executives who drove their companies to bankruptcy…

how is taymor claiming copyright violations when one Disney owns the copy right to spider man not her and two the ones who fixed the thing and made it a hit stated that she would not do the job she was hired to do so mostly sticking true to the core of spider man like using the source material as the play does.

She created the AWESOME new character of Swiss Miss right? Nestle and the Swiss Army need to sue Taymor as well I think.

New musical number:

We have a show
It’s here finally
But our lawyers
Will get… every… penny!

I’ve never been to a single Broadway Production, and this BY FAR the most entertaining Musical ever!!!

@ Jill Kennedy: My God. That review. Hahhahahah. I mean, it’s one thing to write a positive review, but you’d have to be made of stone not to do a double take with this line: “Taymor’s original vision was genius (in my humble opinion). The NEW vision (brought to us by new writer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and creative consultant Philip William McKinley are even more geniuser (I will stick to this word – if you touch it, dear editor, you will die in your sleep).”

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