'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' Producers Fire Back at Julie Taymor
Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris issued a statement in response to the Oscar-nominated director's lawsuit that alleges that they have continued to use her work without compensation.
After Julie Taymor filed a lawsuit in New York claiming that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the most expensive Broadway production ever, violated her rights by continuing to use her work without compensation, the producers have issued a response saying that they "have repeatedly tried to resolve these issues."
“Since Ms. Taymor’s departure in March, we have repeatedly tried to resolve these issues. The production has indeed compensated Ms. Taymor for her contribution as a co-book writer," said lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris in a joint statement issued late Tuesday.
The statement continues: "Fortunately the court system will provide, once and for all, an opportunity to resolve this dispute. We look forward to a resolution in which everyone is properly compensated for their contribution to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”
The Oscar-nominated director left the musical production in March, before it officially opened, due to artistic differences. Turn Off the Dark received poor reviews early on and injuries to members of the cast, but the musical played to near-capacity crowd since November, when it opened on Broadway.
After Taymor was let go, she filed an arbitration claim against the producers, alleging that they still owed her more than half a million in royalties.
In this new lawsuit, Taymor claims that producers have continued to use her creative contributions without compensation. "Ms. Taymor regrets that the producers’ actions have left her no choice but to resort to legal recourse to protect her rights," said her attorney, Charles Spada at Lankler Siffert & Wohl.
Eriq Gardner contributed to this report.