Taymor Attacks U2 Stars Over Spider-Man Comments

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November 15, 2011 | 8:45pm EST

Former Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark musical director Julie Taymor has taken aim at U2 stars Bono and The Edge for remarks they made to the media before she was sacked earlier this year.
The moviemaker and theater visionary created the concept behind the Broadway spectacular and worked with the rockers to bring the musical to the stage, but following a series of mishaps and financial problems the show was shut down this past spring and producers opted to replace Taymor before reworking the project.

She is now suing the producers of the Spider-Man show for more than $1 million , claiming they have violated her artistic and creative rights and owe her cash.

And, in an interview with Esquire magazine, she insists there’s no love lost between her and the U2 stars, who were co-producers of the show.

Attacking the rock duo, who also created the show’s score, over comments they made about her appearing exhausted before she was fired, Taymor tells the publication, “There’s no doubt by the end of February, when I felt all of this stuff happening, that I was exhausted by that, but not by the show and not by the inspiration I was getting from the actors.

“I think that those (quotes) were important to paint a picture of a director who you needed to release in order to make this big change. I had to be characterised that way in order for something to happen.”