Just yesterday we were reporting that Julie Taymor -- director of the now-infamous Broadway musical 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' -- was in negotiations to either work with a new creative team and begin re-tooling the production, or leave the show entirely.
And now it looks like she's gone with the latter choice. NY1 is reporting that Taymor has left the production, and producers have already begun to look for a new director to steer the ship. No official announcement has been made, and no word has been given if she quit or was fired; most likely we'll get some spin-heavy P.R. that it was a "mutual decision." Taymor, a director who at one time was able to successfully go back and forth between film and theater, has taken a major hit to her critical standing, and it remains to be seen if she'll ever regain her lofty prior status either critically or with audiences.
But what does this news mean for the actual production?
It is also being reported that the show is going to be shut down while producers figure out the next step; so instead of officially opening up next week, audiences will have to wait until June. But if you're really desperate to see a Broadway musical based off a movie, you still have your pick of 'Billy Elliot,' 'Catch Me If You Can,' 'Driving Miss Daisy,' 'Mary Poppins,' 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert' or Taymor's other show 'The Lion King.'
With this apparent delay, 'Turn Off the Dark' will no longer be eligible for the Tony Awards this year, but the bigger story is that it will rack up even more production costs. Already the show has cost $65 million, making it the most expensive Broadway musical ever; it has gotten its money's worth with numerous cast injuries, labor violations and savagely bad reviews. At this point, many people are angry that it's still trying to go on.
Should 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' just call it a $65 million loss and give up? Or do you think they should keep trying (and spend more money) to find a way to make it work?