The producers, making their first detailed response to Ms. Taymor’s legal claims, filed their own lawsuit against her, charging that she violated her contract and should be denied royalty payments from the Broadway show and from any future productions of “Spider-Man.”
Their 66-page filing contends that Ms. Taymor had breached her contract when the producers fired her from the “Spider-Man” production in March, after a behind-the-scenes showdown with her fellow creators and the producers over major script and staging changes for the show. The producers said in their lawsuit that Ms. Taymor declared that she “could not and would not do the jobs that she was contracted to do,” and that others took on those tasks and created a new version of the show, which she cannot lay claim to.
“Taymor refused to develop a musical that followed the original, family-friendly ‘Spider-Man’ story, which was depicted in the Marvel comic books and the hugely successful motion picture trilogy based on them,” lawyers for Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris, the lead producers, wrote in the filing.
“Instead, Taymor, who admits that she was not a fan of the ‘Spider-Man’ story prior to her involvement with the musical, insisted on developing a dark, disjointed and hallucinogenic musical involving suicide, sex and death,” the lawyers continued, referring to Ms. Taymor’s creation of the villain character Arachne.
Taymor does not like the original material??!! That explains what went wrong here more than anything else does, and this bit of information was important for the producers to know when considering who should direct, and should have disqualified Taymor from consideration.