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Ousted Director Julie Taymor Sues 'Spider-Man' Producers

By Ben Fractenberg | November 8, 2011 8:02pm
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Julie Taymor is suing the producers of "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" over her compensation after being fired from the show in March 2011.
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MANHATTAN — "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" continues to weave a tangled web.

The show's ousted director and one of its main creators, Julie Taymor, sued the producers of the Broadway show, saying she was unfairly compensated after being booted from the production, Showbiz411 reported Tuesday.

“As the lawsuit makes clear, the defendants have violated Ms. Taymor’s creative rights as an author of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,'" Taymor's attorney Charles Spada told the blog. 

"Moreover, the producers have failed to compensate Ms. Taymor for their continued use of her work to date, despite the fact that the show has consistently played to capacity or near-capacity houses since its first public performance in November 2010."

"Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" is playing at the Foxwoods Theatre on 42nd Street.
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She is seeking at least $1 million from the producers, as well as future royalty payments, the  New York Times reported.

Taymor has been in arbitration for the past seven months with the show after being paid what she considered a paltry $150,000 for her nine years working on the musical, which was created with U2's Bono and the Edge.

"Spider-Man," which reportedly has a $75 million budget, had been plagued by injuries and bad reviews during its long road to opening.

Taymor, who won a Tony for directing the smash hit, "Lion King," was fired in March, and the show was rewritten by playwright and comic book author Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.