The rumors were true: Julie Taymor has been officially pushed out of her role as director of the disastrous Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Taymor was made to leave after she refused outside help on the production, according to the Times. Now it will be up to Bono, the Edge and The Boy from Oz director Philip William McKinley to turn the thing around. (Oh, and opening night has been delayed again, of course.)
Not only is director Julie Taymor supposedly leaving Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, but the whole production plans to shut down for a few weeks. Yikes! An unmitigated, unprecedented (no show in Broadway history has ever run this many preview performances) disaster. Well, only creatively for now, but one would think the finances will eventually suffer. That said, is there any knowledge to be gained from this whole mess? Yes, a few things!
Citing unnamed "sources," NY1 reports that director Julie Taymor is leaving the troubled Spider-man musical Turn Off the Dark. The news comes a day after The New York Times wrote about ongoing "negotiations" between Taymor and the musical's producers, including U2 members Bono and the Edge, who wrote the musical's songs.
In what could be viewed as a vote of no confidence in director/creator Julie Taymor's ability to fix Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the producers of the creatively flailing Broadway musical (which is certainly not financially flailing) are bringing in a co-director to gently tap Taymor on the shoulder and send her back to the dugout for a bit.
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the $65 million Broadway musical from Lion King director Julie Taymor and Bono, of the Irish Bonos, was supposed to open on Monday night. It didn't—it's been delayed, again, till March 15—but that didn't stop a bunch of critics from reviewing it anyway. And they all agree: It's unbelievably bad.
Friday is here once again, which means movies are opening! Let's see what's debuting in theaters today. We've got boxers and monologers, Dawn Treaders and tourists, and the triumphant return of Mena Suvari and Matthew Modine!
The new Spider-Man show on Broadway cost $60 million to make. Expenses included a sophisticated stunt system normally used for cameras in football games - traveling at up to 50 mph - and paying U2 to write the score.
Julie Taymor, the Tony-winning theater and film director, turns 57 today. Adam Brody, the actor and former star of The O.C. is turning 30. Don Johnson is 60. Stuart Townsend, the actor better known as Charlize Theron's boyfriend, turns 37. Virginia Senator Mark Warner is turning 55. Comedian Tim Conway is 76. And Andrew Luster, the Max Factor heir and convicted rapist, will mark his 46th birthday behind bars today.