A judge has set a January trial date for a lawsuit stemming from the Broadway production based on the Spider-Man comic book character.
Taymor says the “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark” musical is based on her book. She had worked on the Broadway production until she was fired in 2011.
When the play opened, it didn’t perform well at the box office and was retooled after her dismissal. It was successfully re-opened after the revisions.
The current producers say that Taymor’s treatment of the material was drawn from Spider-Man comics and films, and cite the fact that Taymor had referenced the Spider-Man movies in her proposal.
Taymor says she introduced original material into the Spider-Man mythology including a new character playing a key role in the story.
Taymor’s suit is seeking $1 million in damages and a piece of the profits from the play.
U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Forrest says she wants to review a video of the play before the lawsuit begins.
“I’ve got a 10-year-old son. I know a lot about superheroes,” she said.
Source: Huffington Post