Spider-Man legal dispute 'resolved'

Thu, Aug 30, 2012, 01:00

A bitter legal dispute between the producers of Broadway's musical version of Spider-Man and ousted director Julie Taymor has been resolved, a court filing showed today.

"The parties in this action have reached an agreement in principle," US District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said in a three paragraph order that gave no additional details. The order said the parties have 60 days to come back to court to reopen the litigation before the order becomes final.

While it has packed the theatre, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark made a disastrous start on Broadway in 2010, with injuries to actors, opening night delays and the eventual firing of Taymor, the Tony-winning director of The Lion King.

The stunt-heavy musical, which is based on the famous Marvel Comics character and cost more than $70 million (€56 million) to bring to the stage with music by Bono and The Edge, was reworked after Taymor left the production in March 2011.

In November 2011, Taymor filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Spider-Man producers. Taymor said that she had worked on the musical's original book - the non-sung words - before she left the show and that the producers continued to make "unauthorized and unlawful use" of her written works after she left. She said she was entitled to at least $1 million in damages.

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