When last we left the war of words between Julie Taymor and the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark producers who had ousted her from the director’s chair, Taymor had turned up the heat by filing a November lawsuit. Now, though, the producers have counter-sued Taymor, rebutting her claim that the production continues to infringe on her copyrighted contributions. In fact, “As a result of all of the changes that Taymor could not and would not make, the Spider-Man musical is now a hit,” claim the producers in the suit. “The show is a success despite Taymor, not because of her.” Ouch! Still, neither of these lawsuits contains the phrase “a web of lies,” so we’re not really sure who to side with here.
Julie Taymor Ice Sculpture by Randy Finch Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev