Disney’s Spider-Man Rights Contested In Court Again By Stan Lee Media

By | Wednesday December 4, 2013 @ 5:10pm PST

DJP LEGAL BADGEThe mantra over at Stan Lee Media Inc must be “if first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Certainly that is its legal strategy. Almost three months after a federal judge in Colorado granted Disney’s request for dismissal of SLMI’s spiderman broadwaymultibillion-dollar Marvel superhero copyright suit, the company is back in Pennsylvania court this week claiming it owns the rights to Spider-Man. “In response to Disney’s Spider-Man claims and/or in response to [American Music Theater's] counterclaims and third-party claims, SLMI respectfully seeks a declaratory judgment … that Disney cannot bar SLMI from using or licensing the Spider-Man copyrights and trademarks by virtue of the fact that SLMI (not Disney) is the owner of various  copyrights and trademarks regarding Spider-Man and has properly licensed the copyrights and trademarks to AMT,” says the third-party defendant paperwork (read it here) filed Tuesday.

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‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ Closing In January: WSJ

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 5:37pm PST

The highest of high-profile musicals, whose beginnings were worthy of their own Broadway drama, is set to shut down after this year’s holiday season ends. The producers will make it official this week, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. In … Read More »

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Ambassador Theatre Group Acquires Broadway’s Biggest Theatre, The Foxwoods

By | Monday May 20, 2013 @ 2:27pm PDT

Ambassador Theatre Group has acquired The Foxwoods Theatre from Live Nation Entertainment through its subsidiary, Lyric Theatre LLC. The Foxwoods is the largest theatre on Broadway with nearly 2,000 seats and currently is home to the hit rock … Read More »

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Julie Taymor’s Lawsuit Against ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ Settled

By | Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 9:10am PDT

Exiled director Julie Taymor sued the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark in November 2011. The rock musical’s helmer, book co-writer and mask designer claimed her creative rights were violated and she was not compensated for her work … Read More »

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Broadway ‘Spider-Man’ Savior Injects Zombie Attacks Into ‘Archie’ Comics

Mike Fleming

Afterlife With ArchieEXCLUSIVE: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the Glee scribe who helped fix the troubled Broadway musical Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, has signed on to write a new line of the venerable Archie Comics. And he’s found a … Read More »

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UDPATE: Julie Taymor’s Writer Royalty Dispute With ‘Spider-Man’ Producers Gets Trial Date

By | Friday February 17, 2012 @ 2:00pm PST

UPDATE, 2 PM: A Manhattan judge has set a January 7, 2013 trial date for Taymor’s suit against the show’s producers over her royalties as co-book writer of the Broadway musical. She claims she is owed at almost $3000 a week from April 2011 to the present. … Read More »

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‘Spider-Man’ Lawsuit Web Thickens As Stage Producers Countersue Julie Taymor

By | Tuesday January 17, 2012 @ 2:02pm PST
Mike Fleming

The musical Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark is thriving on Broadway, but now there’s more negative attention. The producers of the musical have answered the original lawsuit filed by director and book co-writer Julie Taymor after she was fired. The … Read More »

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Broadway ‘Spider-Man’ Spun Holiday Record

By | Tuesday January 3, 2012 @ 1:33pm PST
Mike Fleming

Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark was the highest grossing show on Broadway over the holidays, shattering the record for the highest single-week gross of any show in Broadway history. It also recorded the highest single-week attendance by any show in Broadway history. Maybe Julie Taymor’s replacement director Philip William McKinley was onto something when he told Deadline last year that Broadway’s most expensive musical would eventually make its money back. Bashed in previews, the $75 million Spider-Man broke records over the New Year. Keep in mind that estimates are the show needs to gross $1.2 million a week to cover costs, so investors won’t be lighting cigars for a long time. But many felt last year this would go down as the biggest Broadway debacle ever, and so far that doesn’t seem to be the case.

New York, NY – SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark, Broadway’s most popular new show, rang in the New Year as the highest grossing show on Broadway, shattering the record for the highest single-week gross of any show in Broadway history. The total gross for the record-breaking week ending Sunday, January 1 was $2,941,790.20, besting the previous record of $2,228,235 set by Wicked in 2011. Playing to 17,375 audience members (100.02% capacity of The Foxwoods Theatre), SPIDER-MAN also enjoyed the highest single-week attendance by any show in Broadway history (playing a standard 9-show holiday schedule).

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Julie Taymor Sues Producers Of Broadway’s ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’

By | Tuesday November 8, 2011 @ 1:36pm PST

Back in March, the official release outlining the retooling of the massive and plagued Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark touted a new direction and a new director to replace Julie Taymor. And when the revamp finally made … Read More »

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ICM’s Jeff Berg Signs Director Julie Taymor

No doubt that the theater, opera, and film director is both a genius and a handful. Julie Taymor was recently replaced as director of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark after the accident-plagued musical became known as the most … Read More »

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Is ‘Spider-Man’ Biggest Broadway Debacle?

By | Wednesday June 15, 2011 @ 6:48am PDT
Mike Fleming

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark finally opened on Broadway on Tuesday night. There was a star-studded crowd that included Bill Clinton, a 10-minute standing ovation, and even deposed director Julie Taymor got up to take a bow. And, thank goodness, no actors fell from the rafters. A press release from the show’s reps reports that “critics and audiences cheer[ed] the opening,” and offered a few effusive blurbs from USA Today, MTV and NY1 News. Well, first of all, they weren’t reading the reviews I saw. In The New York Times (generally the review that helps a show fly or die), Ben Brantley compared its earlier incarnation to now as an “ascent from jaw-dropping badness to mere mediocrity,” but that isn’t a rave since he likened that earlier version to “watching the Hindenburg crash and burn.” The Wall Street Journal called the book “flabby and witless” and, as for the plot, “everything that happens is utterly familiar and utterly predictable.” To sum up, the WSJ offers that “$70 million and nearly nine years of effort, all squandered on a damp squib. … Never in the history of Broadway has so much been spent to so little effect.” The other Gotham papers basically said it was better than it was when Taymor was calling the shots, but essentially that its edge (not to be confused with U2′s The Edge) had been varnished away, leaving blandness and U2 songs that aren’t the catchiest that Bono and The Edge ever came up with. Read More »

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Broadway Spider-Man Re-Writer Tackles ‘Glee’ And ‘Carrie’ Remake

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the playwright and comic book writer who was brought on to rewrite and hopefully save Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, has booked several projects to follow. On the TV side, he’ll become a co-producer and writer of the hit series Glee. And I’m told that he’s just been set by MGM and Screen Gems to write a remake of Carrie, the Stephen King thriller about the telekinetic teenager who gets pushed too far at the prom and wreaks havoc on her fellow high school students. King’s bestselling book was turned into the 1976 film that starred Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Amy Irving and Piper Laurie as the repressive mother.

For Aguirre-Sacasa, these diverse projects are right in his wheelhouse. On Carrie, he will write a version that is more faithful to the King book than the earlier movie, much the same as Joel and Ethan Coen went back to the Charles Portis novel True Grit to present a version that didn’t really feel like a remake. Aguirre-Sacasa has a relationship with the author, after writing the graphic novel version of King’s The Stand, King’s seminal apocalyptic novel. Read More »

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‘Law & Order: CI’ To Do Episode Inspired By Botched ‘Spider-Man’ Musical

By | Saturday April 23, 2011 @ 3:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

What if one of the many incidents of actors getting injured on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark had a tragic outcome? Law & Order: Criminal Intent will explore such a scenario in an upcoming episode clearly inspired by the debacle … Read More »

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‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ Goes Dark For Three Weeks To Make Changes

Mike Fleming

Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark has shut down for a three-week hiatus, a performance stoppage that had been expected. The show will implement all the changes from the original Julie Taymor-directed musical that were made by replacement director Philip … Read More »

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Elton John Takes Swipe At ‘Spider-Man’ Musical: “Can You Smell A Bomb Tonight?”

By | Sunday April 3, 2011 @ 9:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Elton John hosted Saturday Night Live last night with help from several guest stars like Tom Hanks, who appeared in three skits, including one that featured John presiding over an emergency meeting of Knights of the Realm (aka knighted British celebrities) mulling ways to thwart a dragon attack on London. … Read More »

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Another Mishap For Revamped Broadway ‘Spider-Man’

By | Tuesday March 22, 2011 @ 4:45pm PDT
Mike Fleming

T.V. Carpio, who replaced Natalie Mendoza in the role of the villain Arachne, is the latest to be injured in a Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark preview performance. Mendoza left the show after being hit in the head by a … Read More »

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Broadway’s ‘Spider-Man’ Sets June 14 Opening Night After Cancelling Several Times

By | Friday March 11, 2011 @ 3:27pm PST

New York, NY – Lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris announced today that SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark has rescheduled its opening night for Tuesday, June 14, 2011. In addition, to allow rehearsal time for the new

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Broadway ‘Spider-Man’ Producers Announce Retooling And New Director, With Bogus Claim Julie Taymor Isn’t Out

By | Wednesday March 9, 2011 @ 5:11pm PST
Mike Fleming

New York, NY – Lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris announced today that SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark has a newly expanded creative team in place. The team will be implementing a new plan to make significant and exciting revisions to the production. Opening night (previously set

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‘Spider-Man’ Big Changes Imminent

By | Wednesday March 9, 2011 @ 2:16pm PST
Mike Fleming

Broadway is rampant today with word that the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will finally get a much-needed overhaul. That’s expected to include the exit of Julie Taymor and a shutdown that will stretch several weeks to fix … Read More »

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