Julie Taymor, 'Spider-Man,' reach deal to end dueling lawsuits
Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" and its ousted creative visionary Julie Taymor have reached a deal to end their bitter legal battle, court documents showed Thursday.
Taymor, 59, and the producers for the $75 million spectacle "reached an argument in principle," U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said in the order, giving no further details of the agreement.
Taymor and the show have been tangled in court fights since Taymor, who wrote the musical's book, sued the producers last November for "unauthorized and unlawful use" of her copyrighted material in the show after she got the hook and was replaced by Philip McKinley. She had sought at least $1 million in damages.
The producers, Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris, filed a countersuit in January against Taymor for allegedly trying to sabotage the show by writing a "dark, disjointed and hallucinogenic musical involving suicide, sex and death."
Both sides have 60 days to reopen the litigation before the order becomes final.
The show, Broadway's most expensive production ever, has grossed more than $55 million in ticket sales this year and continues to draw huge audiences, despite being savaged by critics when it officially opened in June 2011.
Attorneys for both sides didn't return requests for comment.