Last month, the ex-director and creator of the Broadway musical ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’, Julie Taymor, filed a lawsuit against the show’s producers claiming that she had not been paid her royalties for her part in the show’s creation.
Now the show’s producers have fired back at Taymor with a lawsuit of their own. Their claim is that Taymor is not entitled to any payments since she was in breach of contract when she refused to make changes to the show after it’s first release heralded an onslaught of bad reviews. Taymor’s refusal to work with the producers led to “delays and the increased expenses”, eventually forcing the producers to hire a new director “in order for the show to survive”.
These lawsuits are coming at a time when it finally seemed as if the bad luck of the ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ show was at an end. Since Taymor’s departure, an overhaul to the show, and the new director coming on board, the production has been smashing Broadway box office records.
Of course, when a show is making money like this, it’s not surprising that everyone involved is fighting for his or her piece of the pie.