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Settlement Talks Continue Between SPIDER-MAN's Producers and Director Julie Taymor


According to The New York Times' ArtsBeat blog, a settlement has still not been signed between the producers of Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and former director Julie Taymor.

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Judge Katherine B. Forrest ruled at the end of August that both sides had 60 days to reach an agreement in the suit over the musical. With the late-October deadline looming and a settlement agreement reached only in principle, the negotiations continue.

Taymor was fired from the project in March 2011 during Spider-Man's extensive preview run. She filed suit in November 2011 on copyright grounds. Taymor stated that the producers were bringing in a profit from her script and staging and that she was owed $1 million in royalties. The producers counter-sued on the grounds that Taymor had breached her contract by not agreeing to their re-haul plans for the musical during previews.

Sources told The New York Times that issues leading to the continued negotiations include Taymor's financial settlement, what kind of acknowledgement she will receive for her artistic contributions to the show, and the effects of a completed documentary by Jacob Cohl, son of Spider-Man's producer Michael Cohl, who began filming before Taymor began to butt heads with the producers.

If no settlement can be reached, the case will face a jury trial in 2013.

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