Looks like there's more hardship for "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" on the horizon. Director Julie Taymor is currently in a dispute over payment with the producers of the troubled musical.
Taymor left the musical after it was closed for major overhaul due to on-set accidents, delays, and ever-increasing costs. This new issue may prove to be another setback for the musical, which is set for a June 14th opening (which Bono recently promised was firm).
Laura Penn, the executive director of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, which represents Taymor, has confirmed the director is seeking compensation for her work and is supposedly owed hundred of thousands of dollars.Penn told the Daily Beast,
"Julie was paid $125,000 five years ago. For nine years of work on this project that is all she has been paid. It's startling. People assume it's an $85 million production and she made $10 million or walked away with a settlement in the six figures. And it's just not true. One of the requirements we have from producers is that they provide us with statements of activities, things like box-office receipts and operating costs. And not only are they not paying her, they're not providing us with those statements. We have no information."
Apparently a letter was sent from the union bosses to the producers several weeks ago and they claim they haven't received a response. If a week passes and the producers have still not responded the case will head to an out-of-court settlement.