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NEW YORK Jan 10 Producers of "Spider-Man: Turn
Off The Dark" have for now resumed litigation with the Broadway
musical's ousted director Julie Taymor after failing to reach a
final settlement of their litigation, court records show.
The development comes five months after Taymor reached a
settlement in principle with 8 Legged Productions, the producer,
in her copyright infringement case.
The "parties' efforts to finalize a settlement have not yet
been successful," Charles Spada, a lawyer for Taymor, wrote in a
Jan. 9 letter to U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in
Manhattan. But he said both sides were "hopeful that a final
settlement can be reached within the next few days."
The letter was made public on Thursday, and a trial is
scheduled to begin on May 27.
The musical got off to a rough start in 2010 that included
opening night delays, poor early reviews, injuries to actors and
the firing of Taymor, who had previously won a Tony Award for
directing "The Lion King." She sued 8 Legged Productions in
Any settlement is conditioned on 8 Legged Productions
reaching a separate agreement with Marvel Entertainment, a unit
of Walt Disney Co, to extend its license to produce the
musical in other venues, Spada wrote in a Dec. 19 letter to the
judge, also made public on Thursday.
At that time, Marvel and 8 Legged Productions had been close
to finalizing such an agreement, the letter said.
Dale Cendali, a lawyer for 8 Legged Productions, said
settlement talks were continuing, and both sides hope to settle
in the near future. She declined to say why a final settlement
has not been reached.
Spada, Taymor's lawyer, in an email, confirmed the "parties
are still working together to try and resolve the matter."
A spokesman for Marvel did not immediately respond to a
request for comment.