Who wrote 'Spider-Man?'
As the retooled Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark bowed June 14 on Broadway, its co-author and original director Julie Taymor remains dangling by a thread. Fired in March from the $75 million production, she's in a heated arbitration with the producers over an estimated $300,000 in royalties for directing and choreographing services. And THR has learned that Taymor might be owed even more. Attorney Seth Gelblum says his client has not been paid royalties as an author, either. She has "substantial material issues," says Gelblum, and is "considering her options." Spider-Man creative consultant Philip William McKinley, who has taken over the show, agrees that many elements of Taymor's vision remain but says the script was almost completely revised by Glen Berger and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Standard theater contracts say substantial changes cannot be made without the author's consent. On June 7, producer Michael Cohl said "there's a continuing dialogue" with Taymor and her reps. But Gelblum says there haven't been talks between him and the producers "for weeks."