U2: 'Spider-Man' Producers Sue Former Director Over 'Hallucinogenic' Plot

The producers of the "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" musical are suing the show's former director, claiming that she developed a "hallucinogenic" plot.

U2: 'Spider-Man' Producers Sue Former Director Over 'Hallucinogenic' Plot
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The producers of the "Spider-man: Turn Off The Dark" musical, which features music from U2's Bono and The Edge, are suing the show's former director Julie Taymor, claiming that she developed a "hallucinogenic" plot. Taymor, who was sacked from her role last year, has already launched a lawsuit against the show's producers. She is seeking $1 million (621,000) in damages after claiming that her creative rights have been violated and that she hasn't been paid appropriately for her work. Now however, the producers of the show, which has so far cost $75 million (48 million) to make and is the most expensive Broadway show to ever be produced, have launched a countersuit in which they accuse Taymor of creating a "hallucinogenic" and "disjointed" show. According to BBC News, lawyers for producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris has said in a statement: "Taymor refused to develop a musical that followed the original, family-friendly 'Spider-Man' story, which was depicted in the Marvel comic books and the hugely successful motion picture trilogy based on them. Instead, Taymor, who admits that she was not a fan of the Spider-Man story prior to her involvement with the musical, insisted on developing a dark, disjointed and hallucinogenic musical involving suicide, sex and death." Charles Spada, Taymor's lawyer, has said that the claims were "baseless" and that she would "continue to vigorously seek enforcement of her creative rights" amid the "outrageous mischaracterisations and attempts to besmirch her reputation". Thanks for the report to NME.com.

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    Pagan_Poetry
    They should approach this kind in a way like the film Adaptation., behind the scenes of a failed creation. Forget the show itself, make a production about the drama behind it. It could be called "Spiderman: Turn off the show". That, I would pay money to see.
    WhoAMEye
    Instead, Taymor, who admits that she was not a fan of the Spider-Man story prior to her involvement with the musical, insisted on developing a dark, disjointed and hallucinogenic musical involving suicide, sex and death.
    I would pay good money to see that in the West End! Super hero's and a mind****? That's value for money
    b_flo
    And now the show is a success, which broke box office records in sales over the holidays. It was rated #1.