"Spider-Man" director Julie Taymor, producers settle NYC suit

FILE - In this June 14, 2011 file photo, Julie Taymor arrives at the opening night performance of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark" in New York. Taymor might have been fired from the musical but she could still earn a Tony Award next year for directing the show. The Tony Awards Administration Committee said Thursday, Nov. 3, that Taymor will be considered eligible in the best direction of a musical category. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file) Charles Sykes

Julie Taymor arrives at the opening night performance of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark" in New York on June 14, 2011.
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(CBS/AP) Former "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" director Julie Taymor and the Broadway show's producers reached a tentative deal settling a dispute over Taymor's role with the musical.

The agreement, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, said the case could be reopened within two months if the agreement breaks down. Settlement terms were not released.

The court filing came not long after lawyers for Taymor complained that the producers in a counterclaim had "launched a full-scale attack on Taymor aimed at assassinating her character and seeking to hold her singly responsible - financially and reputationally - for the musical's problems."

Last week, lawyers for "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" wrote that "the lesson Spider-Man offers us - that with great power, comes great responsibility - appears to have been lost on Taymor, who continues to seek to avoid her obligations."

Taymor filed the lawsuit in November, saying her copyrighted written works were violated when she was fired last year and the musical's script was rewritten after the $75 million production had trouble getting past previews. The musical has since become a success. She was seeking damages exceeding $1 million.

Taymor sued the producers in November and they countersued, saying Taymor's treatment was based on pre-existing "Spider-Man" comics and films.

In the countersuit, lawyers said Bono and Edge of the rock band U2 had originally suggested Taymor serve as the musical's director, and she joined the production team in 2004, writing a three-page treatment.

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