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Legal Fallout Escalates Over U2 Project

Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark has managed to become a SRO Broadway success story despite the unprecedented technical and financial problems it encountered during its long slog to an opening.  While the musical still has to run for years before turning a profit for investors, the extravagant musical has been drawing packed houses, even though many critics had little good to say about it.  Even if investors fail to recoup their investment dollars, lawyers look to make plenty of money over the jousting going on between the producers and the production's former director, Julie Taymour. Taymour, who is credited with much of the success of The Lion King, was dismissed from the project months before its opening.  She later filed suit claiming those responsible for her dismissal had fabricated allegations about her in order to oust her from the production and that they violated her creative rights by using many of her ideas in the final production without compensating her.  Now, producers of the musical featuring music composed by Bono and The Edge of U2 have initiated a counter suit against Taymour, claiming that she 'Refused to develop a musical that followed the original, family-friendly Spider-Man story' and calling Taymour's story line 'hallucinogenic'.


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