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Date set for Julie Taymor vs Spider-Man legal battle

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Julie Taymor’s legal battle with the producers of the Broadway show Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark will begin its next phase on May 28, the date the case has been set for trial.

Taymor, the former director and choreographer for Spider-Man, was dismissed from the show in March 2011 as part of a massive revamp the production was going through in order to get it ready for Broadway. Taymor filed her suit against the show’s producers that November claiming she had not been adequately compensated for her work, a charge which caused the producers to file a counterclaim stating in part that “Taymor caused numerous delays, drove up costs, and failed to direct a musical about Spider-Man that could open on Broadway”.

After months of legal filings and counter-filings, with many of the documents involved under confidential seal, it was announced on August 30, 2012 the parties had reached a settlement in principle.

However, the groups involved were apparently unable to come to a final agreement, this despite continued extensions by US District Judge Katherine B. Forrest allowing them to do so. A handwritten note on a January 10, 2013 court document by Forrest extending the settlement period for the fourth time stated “But really, truly, I mean it. This is the last extension, the final one; there won’t be another extension – no more.” As late as the end of January, all sides seemed confident a settlement would take place, but that was proven not to be the case with Forrest declaring in a March 15 letter that “No further conference in this matter is necessary. Trial is and will be on May 28, 2013”.

Another lawsuit is also wending its way through the courts, this one brought by stuntman Richard J. Kobak, for injuries he suffered during his time on the show. Kobak’s claims are against those companies that supplied and installed the various equipment he used, not the show’s producers.


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