The producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark have settled their legal dispute with a trade association representing the musical’s former director, Julie Taymor. Under the agreement, Taymor will receive full royalty fees for work as a director through the production’s duration, as well as undisclosed fees for her work in developing the show.
“The litigation between us is over, and we are hopeful that any remaining issues between the producer and Ms. Taymor regarding her role as author can also be resolved to the satisfaction of all,” said Karen Azenberg, president of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the group that represented Taymor, in a statement released today.
Taymor filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Spider-Man producers last year, claiming that they made “unauthorized and unlawful use” of the material she developed for the show in adapting the Marvel Comics superhero for the stage. The producers filed a countersuit against her last month, accusing her of endangering the very expensive production’s chances of commercial success by “developing a dark, disjointed and hallucinogenic musical.”
Regardless of Taymor’s eccentric storyline and horrendous reviews from critics, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been a massive success on Broadway, particularly after it was reworked with greater creative input from songwriters Bono and the Edge of U2.