February 17, 2012 8:10

Producers of U2-scored musical 'Spider-Man' settle legal dispute with former director

Julie Taymor will now be paid for her work on the show

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The producers of the Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark musical, which features music from U2's Bono and The Edge, have settled a lawsuit with former director Julie Taymor.

Taymor, who was sacked from her role last year, launched a lawsuit against the show's producers and was seeking $1 million (£621,000) in damages, claiming that her creative rights have been violated and that she hasn't been paid appropriately for her work.

The producers responded with their own suit and claimed she'd developed a "hallucinogenic" plot, but Rolling Stone reports that they have now reached an agreement over the dispute.

She will now receive full royalty fees for her work as a director through the production's duration, and will also be paid undisclosed fees for her role in developing the show.

President of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Karen Azenberg, who represented Taymor, released a statement that read:

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.


Last month, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark musical broke Broadway records to become the highest single-week grossing show of all time, marking a remarkable turnaround after it was hit by a series of early setbacks including injuries to cast members, financial problems and scathing reviews.

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