The producers behind Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark have filed a countersuit against ousted director (and the show’s creator) Julie Taymor. The helmer, who was fired from the production last year, had filed suit against them in November, alleging that her termination violated her creative rights and that she had still not been financially compensated her for her work on the musical.
The producers’ counterclaim, filed in New York today, accuses Taymor of failing to fulfill her contractual obligations when she refused to collaborate on their efforts to improve the show after its disastrous first batch of previews. Thus, because of the “delays and the increased expenses due to Taymor’s actions,” they were forced to hire new co-bookwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and new director Philip Wm. McKinley “in order for the show to survive.”