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Julie Taymor 'Spider-Man' lawsuit moves to court

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Director Julie Taymor

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A judge in director Julie Taymor's ongoing Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark lawsuit has threatened to eliminate key evidence in the case.

Taymor has been in litigation with producers at 8 Legged Productions, who she sued last year for failing to compensate her for creative work she alleges they stole for the Broadway production.

8 Legged Productions then counter-sued Taymor, claiming that the final, revised version of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark bore no resemblance to her original script. It says that Taymor was fired for refusing to co-operate with changes to the final product.

The AP reports that judge Katherine Forrest said in a hearing on Friday (June 1) that she was considering throwing out a three-page outline that Taymor created before the musical's script was written.

Attorney Dale Cendali, defending the producers, said that what Taymor wrote in her original outline for the musical relied heavily on the most well-known elements of the comic books and Sam Raimi Spider-Man films.

Cendali added that she had "never seen a case where someone made a more blatant admission that they were copying an earlier work".

The judge has now asked to view a video of the production in order to determine just how much of the show was derived from Taymor's earlier work.

Should Taymor win the suit, she stands to receive over $1 million in damages, as well as money from show profits.

A trial is scheduled for January.

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