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‘Spider-Man’ producers respond to Taymor suit

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Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris issued a statement Tuesday afternoon responding to Julie Taymor’s suit over her role in the troubled but popular Broadway musical ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.’

Taymor, who was fired from the musical last March during a protracted preview period, sued the show’s producers Tuesday, claiming her creative rights were violated and that she wasn’t compensated for her work. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in New York, states that she is entitled to profits from the show as it was largely her creation, according to the Associated Press.

‘Since Ms. Taymor’s departure in March, we have repeatedly tried to resolve these issues,’ Cohl and Harris’ statement said. ‘The production has indeed compensated Ms. Taymor for her contribution as a co-book writer. Fortunately, the court system will provide, once and for all, an opportunity to resolve these issues. We look forward to a resolution in which everyone is properly compensated for their contribution to ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.’ ‘

Taymor, who worked for years with U2 musicians the Edge and Bono and co-writer Glen Berger to create the show’s music and book, was replaced by Philip William McKinley. Bono and the Edge stayed with the production to revamp their songs, while playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa came in to help revise the book.

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