We mean business
Comprehensive legal services for businesses
in New Jersey and New York

COVID-19 Notice: In order to best serve you, while being mindful of your health and safety, we are available for consultations and conferences via telephone and video. We can arrange for documents to be prepared, reviewed, signed and exchanged electronically. We are ready to assist you with all of your legal needs.

We are open and ready to assist you. Go to our COVID-19 Updates page to see our latest statement on the crisis and a list of recent news and developments during this challenging time.
comprehensive legal services for businesses

‘Spider-Man’ director countersued for breach of contract

The entertainment industry is powered in large part by expectations. Producers of television shows, feature films and theatrical productions invest and make money based on speculations that the material within will appeal to paying audiences and advertisers. When a production fails to live up to projections and doesn’t rake in the profits everyone involved hoped it would, there can be both financial and legal consequences. Sometimes lawsuits can surface afterward even if the movie, TV show or play is profitable.

A good example of this is the Broadway production of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” You may have heard about the problems that plagued the production from the start, including the injuries of four of the actors. Although the production ultimately proved to be a money maker, there’s been some legal wrangling between the lead producers and the director, who’s being sued for breach of contract for her alleged refusal to collaborate or make requested changes to the show.

The director filed her own lawsuit back in November, contending that although much of the show was rewritten, the final script still had about one-fourth of her own ideas in it, for which she deserved royalties. The producers countersued, saying that she refused to deliver the family-friendly script they requested, instead delivering a “dark, disjointed and hallucinogenic musical involving suicide, sex and death,” according to their lawsuit. The producers say they had to fire the director and hire others to create a new version of the show; therefore, she didn’t deserve royalties to the Broadway show or any subsequent productions elsewhere.

This case is one of many in the entertainment world that have come up because a production tanked or turned out radically different from the original treatment. It’s a good illustration of the importance of clear language in contracts. The more specifically demands and expectations are laid out at the beginning, the easier it is for someone filing a breach of contract suit to win in court when things don’t go according to plan.

Source:, “Not a spider fan: ‘Spider-Man’ Broadway producers countersue Julie Taymor,” Vicki Hyman, Jan. 18, 2012

Office Location

Dunn Lambert, LLC
East 80 Route 4 Suite 170
Paramus, NJ 07652

Paramus Law Office Map

Dunn Lambert, LLC
1745 Broadway, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10019
New York Law Office Map

Phone: 201-957-0874
Fax: 201-291-0140

Phone: 201-291-0700
Fax: 212-519-9804
Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | U.S.News & world report | 2017

GET ANSWERS from a firm
with a sense of business.


Review US
FindLaw Network