The legal case pitting director Julie Taymor against the producers of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is underway in a federal court in New York. Though the trial isn't scheduled to begin until early next year, a judge presided over a two-hour preliminary hearing on Friday during which lawyers for both sides spelled out their cases.
Taymor was removed from the director's chair of the mega-musical in 2011 following a protracted preview period and a number of technical mishaps. The director has since sued producers of the show, claiming copyright violation and a portion of the profits from the show.
The producers, Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris, have filed a countersuit in federal court against Taymor, accusing her of failing to fulfill her contractual obligations on the Broadway musical.
Reports from Friday's hearing stated that U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest is weighing a few matters, including whether to throw out a three-page treatment that Taymor wrote for the musical that is part of her copyright claim.