Broadway's 'Spider-Man' producers, Taymor settle sticky suit

Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:35pm EDT
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By Basil Katz

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A bitter legal dispute between the producers of Broadway's version of "Spider-Man" and the musical's ousted director, Julie Taymor, has been resolved, a court filing showed on Thursday.

"The parties in this action have reached an agreement in principle," U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said in a three paragraph order that gave no additional details.

The order said the parties have 60 days to come back to court to reopen the litigation before the order becomes final.

While it has packed the theater, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" made a disastrous start on Broadway in 2010, with injuries to actors, opening night delays and the eventual firing of Taymor, the Tony-winning director of "The Lion King."

The stunt-heavy musical, which is based on Marvel Comics' most famous character and cost more than $70 million to bring to the stage with music by Bono and The Edge, was reworked after Taymor left the production in March 2011.

In November 2011, Taymor filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the "Spider-Man" producers.

Taymor said that she had worked on the musical's original book - the non-sung words - before she left the show and that the producers continued to make "unauthorized and unlawful use" of her written works after she left.

She said she was entitled to at least $1 million in damages.   Continued...

Former director of the musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" Julie Taymor poses at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2011 Governors Awards in Hollywood, California November 12, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok