Julie Taymor Lawsuit – Director Julie Taymor has filed a lawsuit against the producers and her former co-book writer of “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark” on Tuesday, saying they violated her creative rights and haven’t compensated her for the work she put into Broadway’s most expensive musical. She is seeking a minimum of $1 million.
Charles Spada, an attorney who filed the suit on behalf of the Tony Award-winning director, said Tuesday in a statement that “the producers’ actions have left her no choice but to resort to legal recourse to protect her rights.”
The copyright infringement lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, seeks “compensatory and statutory damages, a declaratory judgment and injunctive relief.”
In a statement, lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris disputed Taymor’s allegations, saying “the production has indeed compensated Ms. Taymor for her contribution as a co-book writer.” They added that “the court system will provide, once and for all, an opportunity to resolve this dispute.”
Taymor was not available to comment. Spada did not return phone calls and e-mail messages seeking additional comment.
The lawsuit seeks half of all profits, gains and advantages derived from the sale, license, transfer or lease of any rights in the original “Spider-Man” book along with a permanent ban of the use of Taymor’s name or likeness in connection with a documentary film that was made of the birth of the musical without her written consent.
It also seeks a jury trial to determine her share of profits from the unauthorized use of her version of the superhero story, which the lawsuit said was believed to be in excess of $1 million.