No final settlement yet over Broadway's 'Spider-Man'

11 January 2013 / 3 years 9 months ago

Source: AsiaOneProducers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" have for now resumed litigation with the Broadway musical's ousted director Julie Taymor after failing to reach a final settlement of their litigation, court records show.The development comes five months after Taymor reached a settlement in principle with 8 Legged Productions, the producer, in her copyright infringement case.The "parties' efforts to finalize a settlement have not yet been successful," Charles Spada, a lawyer for Taymor, wrote in a Jan. 9 letter to US District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan. But he said both sides were "hopeful that a final settlement can be reached within the next few days."The letter was made public on Thursday, and a trial is scheduled to begin on May 27.The musical got off to a rough start in 2010 that included opening night delays, poor early reviews, injuries to actors and the firing of Taymor, who had previously won a Tony Award for directing "The Lion King." She sued 8 Legged Productions in November 2011.Any settlement is conditioned on 8 Legged Productions reaching a separate agreement with Marvel Entertainment, a unit of Walt Disney Co, to extend its license to produce the musical in other venues, Spada wrote in a Dec. 19 letter to the judge, also made public on Thursday.At that time, Marvel and 8 Legged Productions had been close to finalizing such an agreement, the letter said.Dale Cendali, a lawyer for 8 Legged Productions, said settlement talks were continuing, and both sides hope to settle in the near future. She declined to say why a final settlement has not been reached.Spada, Taymor's lawyer, in an email, confirmed the "parties are still working together to try and resolve the matter."A spokesman for Marvel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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