Original director of U2-scored Spider-Man musical demands ‘unpaid’ royalties

Julie Taymor’s union claims she hasn’t been paid beyond original director’s fee

The original director of the U2-scored musical Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark has not been paid any royalties for her work on the project, according to her union.

BBC News reports that The Stage Directors And Choreographers Union Society filed an arbitration claim on behalf of Julie Taymor last week. They said she’d “given nine years of her life to this project” but had not received any further payment after her initial director’s fee of $125,000 (£77,000).

They claimed that the show’s producers had “absolutely no right… to withhold royalties that are due to her.”

Taymor stepped down from her role as director in March this year following a series of setbacks which included injuries to cast members, financial problems and scathing reviews.

Production on the show was shut down for three weeks as Philip William McKinley took over as director for a revamped version, which would reportedly put more emphasis on the love story between central characters Peter Parker and Mary Jane, and the battle with villain the Green Goblin.

Actor Reeve Carney, who plays the lead role, said: “This new version, while there are going to be changes it’s still true to the heart of her vision. It’s just having a little bit of extra help, that’s all it is.” Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark will now open to the public on June 14 in New York.

It was reported earlier today that U2 had delayed the release of their new album until 2012, with singer Bono claiming he was “gutted” but that it was “the only sensible decision”.