Julie Taymor to direct ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ as legal drama with ‘Spider-Man’ producers nears end

By Daniel S Levine,

Tony-winner Julie Taymor is set to direct a new production of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream to help open Off Broadway company Theater for a New Audience’s new theater in Brooklyn. Taymor is still in the middle of an ongoing legal drama with the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, but that could be coming to an end soon.

According to Playbill, Taymor and longtime collaborator Elliot Goldenthal signed on yesterday. Goldenthal will compose new music for the production, which will start on Oct. 19 at 262 Ashland Place in the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District. Opening night is set for Nov. 2.

The New York Times reports that Taymor has been associated with TFANA since 1979. She told the Times that she picked Midsummer due to the play’s celebratory nature, which she found perfect for the occasion.

Taymor noted that the production’s budget would be “typical” for an Off Broadway show, as TFANA “never does big budgets.” That’s different from past shows Taymor has worked on, like Disney’s The Lion King and the $75 million Spider-Man.

Taymor has been in the headlines more lately due to her legal battle with 8 Legged Productions, the team behind Spider-Man. Taymor was fired after three months of previews and replaced before the June 2011 opening. She sued for royalties and they counter-sued over breach of contract.

According to Reuters, her attorney wrote to U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest that “We anticipate notifying the Court within the next week that a final settlement agreement has been executed.”

The producers’ lawyer agreed, writing in an email to Reuters, “We are moving closer to finalizing the settlement.”

“I’m hoping that we’re going have a good outcome very soon,” Taymor told the Times.



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