Saturday, June 15, 2024

Spider Man Producers Cave In, Reach Settlement with Julie Taymor


The producers of “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark” have finally caved in. They’ve settled with director-creator Julie Taymor on basic financial issues. They’ve agreed to pay her from November 2009 through her dismissal last spring. They’ve also agree to compensate her for touring productions, and compensation if and when “Spider Man” ever recoups its initial investment. Taymor is still suing over copyright issues. But this ends a very mean spirited, unnecessary episode. The producers only agreed to all this through The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, which arbitrated the complaint. Taymor worked on “Spider Man” for nine years and only made $150,000 through the time she was ousted. Nevertheless, the Tony Awards committee still considers her the show’s director. I wouldn’t be surprised if she won next June.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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