It’s no surprise that the Broadway adaptation Spider-man: Turn off the Dark was going to be a success. Even with their delays in production, going several million dollars over budget and the removal and replacement of former director Julie Taymor the production has been successful enough for a Tony nomination for Julie Taymor. Wait…my spider-sense is tingling.
Taymor was a major part of Turn off the Dark until she was replaced by veteran playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, but she still retained her original credits in Spider-Man earning her sole credit for the Tony nomination. That must have twisted her ovaries something fierce because now she thinks this same loophole will help her win in a lawsuit against the very same producers that removed her.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Taymor is taking a new tact in an effort to claim profits from the show, alleging in her complaint that producers have continued to make use of her creative contributions. Producer Michael Cohl’s 8 Legged Productions is the defendant.
“Ms. Taymor regrets that the producers’ actions have left her no choice but to resort to legal recourse to protect her rights,” says her attorney, Charles Spada at Lankler Siffert & Wohl.
If nearly killing several key actors and stuntmen is called “creative contributions” then Taymor, who is asking for $500,000 in royalties for time spent as director and working on the show daily, will have this one in the bag. Having never actually seen Spider-man during or after Taymor’s involvement I can’t tell you if the show has gotten better (or worse), but lots of people still agree the production is loaded with her signature style.
Taymor may not win the lawsuit, but maybe she’ll win a Tony. That’s something, right?
Via: Bleeding Cool