CATEGORIES Movies, Cinematical
There was a time when Julie Taymor's career was soaring. She was the first woman to win a Tony Award for directing a musical ('The Lion King') then moved into cinema with the stunning 'Titus' and six-time Oscar-nominated 'Frida.' But things took a turn for the worse five years ago with 'Across the Universe' -- she fought the studio and almost removed her name from the Beatles-tuned film.

This last year, she offered up two new struggling projects. First, 'The Tempest,' where Taymor returned to the world of Shakespeare, only to see her $20 million film not even reach a $1 million gross. And then there's her much-maligned stage musical, 'Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.'

Four cast members were hurt last year, injuries ranging from concussions to various broken bones. The production has been cited twice this year for safety violations, and now, the plagued director might have to leave her epic, theatrical offspring.

The New York Times reports that co-creators Bono and the Edge of U2, plus producers of the Broadway show, are currently negotiating the musical's future with Taymor. It's said that she'll either agree to work with a new creative team to improve the production, or leave the show. 'Spider-Man' is already "twice as expensive as any show in Broadway history," but after edits to the music and script, they're expecting a musical that will span the globe for years.

It may have had a modest box office coup in January, but the musical is "a spectacle that needs work." In fact, the Times ravaged it, noting its "sheer ineptitude" and musing that "it may also rank among the worst" Broadway shows in history.

Earlier this month, Taymor admitted that the production was "not quite there," and that she is "in the crucible right now. It is my trial by fire."

Will she come out victorious?