Joey O’Hern Staff Writer
Julie Taymor, Glen Berger and 8 Legged Productions LLC, the Producer of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, have just announced that the recently litigation between the parties has been settled by mutual agreement on all sides.
The parties’ settlement agreement resolves Ms. Taymor’s claims against 8 Legged in connection with her work on the book of the musical SPIDER-MAN: Turn Off the Dark, with respect to both the current New York production and subsequent productions. Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris of 8 Legged Productions said in a joint statement: “We’re happy to put all this behind us. We are now looking forward to spreading Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark in new and exciting ways around the world.”
Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark quickly became the most expensive Broadway show ever with a production budget of $65 million dollars. From the start, the show seemed to be cursed. Opening night of the show was pushed back numerous times and there were several injuries among cast members during previews. After theatre critics became restless with opening night continually being postponed reviews of the show were released and were negative across the board. Producers fired Taymor from her director role spawning a war of words between producers and their director. A new director was brought in and the show was shutdown for 3 weeks to completely rework the production officially opening in June of 2011.
Ms. Taymor said in an official statement, “I’m pleased to have reached an agreement and hope for the continued success of Spider-Man, both on Broadway and beyond.”
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