Wednesday, March 9, 2011

OFFICIAL: Julie Taymor NOT leaving 'Spider-Man:Turn Off The Dark'

"Pyew, pyew...take that crazy shoulder pad guy!"
Today, producers for Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark made the official announcement that director Julie Taymor would NOT be leaving the show.  In a statement they said:
Julie Taymor is not leaving the creative team. Her vision has been at the heart of this production since its inception and will continue to be so. Julie's previous commitments mean that past March 15th, she cannot work the 24/7 necessary to make the changes in the production in order to be ready for our opening. We cannot exaggerate how technically difficult it is to make such changes to a show of this complexity, so it's with great pride that we announce that Phil McKinley is joining the creative team. Phil is hugely experienced with productions of this scale and is exactly what SPIDER-MAN Turn off the Dark needs right now."
It's interesting that they say that after March 15 she, "cannot work the 24/7 necessary to make the changes in the production in order to be ready for our opening."  They did also say that Philip William McKinley (The Boy From Oz) and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Playwright and Marvel writer) have joined the creative team.  So are they just there to give her notes, or to actual rework everything and work with the actors/musicians/crew?  I would think that if a director/co-author was unable to deliver a show on time and correctly, that the producers would let that person go.  Or am I still drunk?  Either way, the shows new opening will now take place sometime in early summer of this year.  There is no word yet on when, or if, they will stop "previews" in order to implement the changes.  

Bringing on Roberto is a step in the right direction, but one that should have been taken when the show first went in to development.  Having someone experienced with writing Spider-Man stories would have been helpful, rather than inventing new characters that don't make any sense.  

In addition to this, Bono and The Edge have announced that they are putting two new songs in to the show as well:
"Julie is a truly gifted and imaginative director. This is an epic ride, and the standing ovations we have seen from the preview audiences have confirmed our absolute faith in the project. We are listening and learning and, as a result, we have a couple of new songs we are very very excited about putting into the mix. All of us on the creative team are committed to taking SPIDER-MAN to the next level. We are confident it will reach its full potential and when it does, it will open."
Maybe they can get that egg thing from Lady Gaga and let incubate for a little while.  

What say you?

POPped still a little confused
Jungle Jesse  

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