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Spiderman's latest trouble, a ¤725k law suit

A director of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is suing the producers of the troubled Broadway production and her former co-writer.

Julie Taymor says they violated her creative rights and have not compensated her for the work she put into Broadway's most expensive musical, which features music by U2's Bono and The Edge. She is seeking a minimum of $1m (e725,000).

The Tony Award-winning director's lawyer Charles Spada said that "the producers' actions have left her no choice but to resort to legal recourse to protect her rights".

The lawsuit seeks half of all profits, gains and advantages derived from the sale, licence, transfer or lease of any rights in the original Spider-Man book, along with a permanent ban of the use of Ms Taymor's name or likeness in connection with a documentary film that was made on the controversy-dogged development of the musical without her written consent.

It also seeks a jury trial to determine her share of profits from the unauthorised use of her version of the superhero story, which the lawsuit said was believed to be in excess of $1m.

Ms Taymor, who had been the Spider-Man director and co-book writer, was fired from the $75m musical in March after years of delays, accidents and critical backlash.

It opened in November but spent months in previews before opening after the Tony Awards in June.

Philip William McKinley, who directed the Hugh Jackman musical The Boy From Oz in 2003was billed as creative consultant when the musical opened.

Despite its troubles, the stunt-heavy and expensive show has been doing brisk business since, most weeks easily grossing more than the $1.2m the producers have indicated they need to reach to stay viable.

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