Thursday, March 10, 2011

Taymor To Step Back From Spider-Man, Spidey To Soldier On

spiderman_6Dust off your Schadenfreude, more changes are coming to Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Broadway’s very own Titanic has hit another iceberg: the removal of director Julie Taymor and yet another postponement.

Taymor, the award-winning director of Disney’s stage adaptation of The Lion King, will remain on the creative team despite losing the director gig, the Associated Press reports. The producers’ statement said that Taymor’s schedule post-March 15 (the most recent scheduled opening date) would prevent her from working “the 24/7 necessary to make the changes in the production in order to be ready for our opening.” She’s still getting credit for it; they’re just letting someone else have a go at directing the spectacle.

The new team will include Philip William McKinley, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Paul Bogaev, and Peter Hylenski. McKinley (“The Boy from Oz,” “The Night of the Hunter”) will take over for Taymor. Aguirre-Sacasa will assist in rewrites, hopefully leveraging some of his experience writing for Marvel Comics. Bogaev and Hylenski will serve as musical consultants – further proof that Bono and The Edge need some fresh ears trained on their material.

A lot of people are working very hard to keep this show alive. Perhaps too hard. Were it not for the money at stake, I imagine most of the showrunners would’ve walked way ages ago.

Why else would they perform a complete talent transfusion on a show our own Boivin wrote called the Four Loko fever dream of a sleep-deprived English/Psychology double-major?

[via the Associated Press]