Report: 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' may get new creative team, director Julie Taymor could exit

The producers of the $65 million Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark are negotiating to bring in new members of the creative team that may lead to the exit of the embattled show’s acclaimed director, Julie Taymor, according to the New York Times. The show’s backers are reportedly discussing many aspects of the production, from how radically to overhaul the script and score, what individuals should be hired to assist in that overhaul, and when to open the show. The musical’s official premiere, already delayed five times, seems likely to be postponed once again from its current date: March 15. Ken Sunshine, who has worked for several months as a consultant on the show, tells EW he is “just not commenting on speculation.”

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  • Walrus

    All of this money and news and hoopla is over……A musical…..about Spider-Man

    Just keeping things objective.

    • Nick

      This IS an entertainment site. What else are they going to talk about? It’s Broadway and a multi-million dollar franchise Marvel character, which is now owned by Disney. Like every single thing WON’T make entertainment news?

  • Blurb

    And in perspective, Walrus. (I am the egg man…)

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      goo goo ja jube.

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  • John Berggren

    Taymor is the only reason I’m interested in this production. Dumping her would be lame.

    • Jonathan

      hahaha. have you actually *seen* the show? it’s lame either way. garbage.

      • David L. Rickman

        I’d be willing to bet that Jonathan hasn’t seen this show yet, and that he’s just a troll.

    • Michael Kohl

      Taymor sounds like the primary reason the show’s a disaster. Her departure could be the removal of a major stumbling block to its improvement.

    • pat

      You may love her because of Lion King, however I bet you don’t know the story behind that either, a lot of actors have suffered career ending injuries because of the vigorous routines and things they had to wear. She’s never really made a successful, none injury based masterpiece. It just hasn’t happened. Even her films suck. So booting her is the best plan.

  • Dean

    What a weird, badly written headline. Try a semicolon next time.

    • Dean

      Thanks for correcting it. It’s better, but I’d still advocate for a semicolon!

  • Zach

    This and Two and Half Men. Drop them both. It’s time.

  • T.

    A musical should be the most simple straight forward musical. He’s from NY for goodness sake!

  • Steve

    This should have beeen a stand alone “fun” movie as opposed to a play. Taymor still could have directed. It would have been visually exciting.

  • darclyte

    Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is a lot like Deadliest Catch. At any moment someone in the cast may die, and like watching the fish on the ship’s deck there’s a good chance of seeing a flop.

    • JR

      Oh, snap!

  • James

    Can the people involved swallow their pride, admit that this entire thing is a time and money vampire, cut their losses and use it as a cautionary tale? It’s been one awful thing after another. Freaking Macbeth isn’t this cursed.

  • bringbackrocky

    The thing is that the previews are selling out constantly. I’ve heard rumors that the producers are thinking about never “officially” opening the show but just staying in previews forever, which doesn’t make sense but also doesn’t bode well for the quality of the show.

    • James

      I get the impression the sellouts are more in “watching a train wreck” territory, not because people think the show is legitimately good.

  • jt

    The #1 thing of any production is to make sure you have a good script. Without that you just have a pretty shell. I’m talking to you, Burlesque!!

  • longfellow

    With $65 million invested and weekly receipts topping a million, there is NO WAY they will close the show–it’s fix it or die tryin’. From what I hear from people who have seen it and “know’ Broadway, there’s enough good stuff to make a go of it if the bad stuff gets fixed. And even if Julie Taymor is pushed aside, a great deal of her visual innovation and imagination will remain. Her name will NOT come off the credits in any case.

  • mia

    But the truth is, even if it takes in a million a week, most of that is getting sucked up into the production. I saw the show in early February. It has a handful of stunning set pieces and the rest of it is a complete mess. Julie’s mess, to be specific. “Rise Above” is the only memorable song, so on top of everything else, the music is weak, too. I would love to see someone tear it down and start over but don’t believe that’s possible at this point.

  • Addison DeWitt

    When a show gets this far in deep and the Producers HAVEN’T fired the director already, then it is a sign of how poorly-produced the show is. The Producers may think they’re saving face by blaming Julie for their financial and artistic ills, but they’re only going to throw good money after bad if they get a new director. Time to end this trainwreck and can the whole production team.

  • Rosemary

    They are trying to do a cirque so les..play. If so the format should have been Madison Square Garden.

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