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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Julie Taymor Sues the Producers of Spider-Man

Posted by on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 4:37 PM

What an ignominious end to an ignominious story.

The director Julie Taymor, a key creator of the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” sued the producers of that $75 million show in federal court on Tuesday, claiming that they were profiting from her creative contributions without compensating her. The lawsuit seeks at least $1 million from the producers, as well as future royalty payments.

Ms. Taymor, the Tony Award-winning director of “The Lion King” and other musicals and films, has been wrangling with the producers over money and artistic credit ever since they fired her as the director of “Spider-Man” in March.

Why is she doing this? Picking at your own scabs is never a good idea. It can't be for the money—The Lion King must still be paying dividends.

Taymor should've slunk away from this whole mess, muttering the last words of Hamlet: "The rest is silence." But it looks like she's going for the last words of Macbeth: "Lay on, Macduff! And damn'd be him that first cries, 'Hold, enough!'"


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Baconcat 1
Well surely this lawsuit will make us see the light and realize how great Spider-Man is and how unappreciated she is.
Posted by Baconcat on November 8, 2011 at 4:44 PM · Report this
Well the Tony Committee recently decided she's eligible for the award but the guy who replaced her is not. I wonder if there is any connection.
Posted by milleribsen on November 8, 2011 at 4:53 PM · Report this
Cracker Jack 3
Screw that, Brendan. If they're using her work, they should be paying her royalties. it doesn't matter how bad an experience it was, it's her intellectual property.
Posted by Cracker Jack on November 8, 2011 at 4:53 PM · Report this
More like King Lear watching empire of the mind break up before his eyes.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on November 8, 2011 at 4:59 PM · Report this
@3 I totally agree with you. This is about the time and work she put into bringing this project to the stage and there is no way she can or should hide from it.
Posted by phillygirl on November 8, 2011 at 7:04 PM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 6
I agree with @3. Most of the musical numbers probably still look like they did before her ejection (lousy), she deserves credit and money for this.

The problem is people aren't flocking to see it to see a train wreck. They're seeing a "good" musical. *sad face*
Posted by TheMisanthrope on November 8, 2011 at 7:31 PM · Report this
This is based on Dramatists Guild boilerplate contracts:

Broadway directors get weekly royalties starting at 2% of the gross. Name directors often get more

Broadway writers 6% of the weekly gross (8% upon recoupment) - for plays, this is usually one person, in this case that was likely split 4 ways.

Spiderman has been grossing at least $1M/week - So Julie would have stood to be making at least $35K per *week* before she was fired. And firing someone in these contracts does not remove their royalties. The only way for a producer to get out of paying those is to negotiate.

So Brendan - Just sayin' - being stiffed (at least) $35K a week for something that she'd spent years working on.... Why do you think she's picking at that scab????
Posted by Sven on November 8, 2011 at 10:28 PM · Report this
Beetlecat 8
OH.. I thought the headline read "Julie Newmar" and then wondered what she had against Spider-Man...
Posted by Beetlecat on November 9, 2011 at 11:14 AM · Report this

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