If you take into consideration all the damage that’s been done to the stage, the actors, and the budget for the Broadway musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, should you be surprised by this news? According to MTV, stage director Julie Taymor is leaving the play’s production. Color us shocked — not!
In a statement released by the show’s producers they announced the opening night, (March 15), has been pushed back until “early summer.” This will give a new creative team much needed time to rework the script and staging. Because of this shift, Taymor will be unable to stay on board as director.
“The additional time commitment required by this new plan will make it impossible for director and co-book writer Julie Taymor to continue on in her day-to-day duties with the production,” the producers explained in the statement.
Taymor will be replaced by fellow stage vet Philip William McKinley and playwright/ “Spider-Man” comic-book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who’ll help with the staging and the script. Even though Taymor’s out, the producers insist that her presence will still be felt throughout the production. They also said that she’ll remain involved with Turn Off the Dark in other capacities.
We can smell this PR spin from a mile away. We’re sure the negative press and multiple production problems had nothing to do with this change of hands.
What do you think of Taymor leaving Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark? Did you see it coming?