Fired Spider-Man Director Files Lawsuit

Nov 9, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
The former director of the Spider-man musical on Broadway has filed a lawsuit against the show's producers.

A director who was fired from the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has filed a lawsuit against the show's producers.

Julie Taymor is alleging the producers violated her creative rights and that she was not compensated for the work she put into the musical, which was touted as the most expensive in Broadway history.

The lawsuit was filed recently in federal court in New York by Taymor, who had not only been the director, but was the co-author of the musical's book.

The director was fired in March after multiple accidents, delays and critical backlash that had plagued the production throughout the past few years. She was replaced by Philip William McKinley, who directed the 2003 musical with Hugh Jackman called "The Boy from Oz."

Taymor is seeking $1 million from producers as well as payment from future royalties.

The Spider-Man musical is reportedly grossing between $1.2 and $1.4 million weekly, which is slightly more than the $1 million weekly cost of production, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The $75 million production features music from U2's Bono and the Edge. The play first debuted on Broadway in November of 2010.