In a move that may mark a capitulation to critics who at the very best describe its story as an inaccurate portrayal of the Spider-Man saga, the producers of the Broadway show "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" are looking to a playwright more familiar with the Marvel Comics mythos that inspired the show.
Deadline is reporting that writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa – well known for his work in comics as well as on the stage – has been hired by "Turn Off The Dark's" production team to redraft the book for the $65 million dollar Broadway spectacle. Aguirre-Sacasa will be reworking the original book by show director Julie Taymor and Glen Berger while the songs by U2's The Edge and Bono will remain.
Best known in comic circles for superhero character dramas like "Fantastic Four: 4" and the recent "Angel" mini series, Aguirre-Sacasa's playwriting background also has a strong comics connection. An early effort titled "The Golden Age" drew its inspiration from Archie Comics among other sources, and last year the writer rewrote the book for the 1960's musical flop "It's a Bird…It's a Plane…It's Superman" for a well-received run at the Dallas Theater Center (the writer discussed that job with CBR before its opening).
"Turn Off The Dark" has been infamously plagued with everything from delays to injuries to "Satruday Night Live" parodies in its months-long run of preview showings. While the producers continually put off the official opening night for the play, theater critics rebelled against the delays earlier this month by releasing a wave of unfavorable reviews (CBR ran our own review in January). The producers of the show have struck back in the press and have been bolstered somewhat by a string of big box office receipts that have only risen since the reviews hit.
For more, check Deadline and for all the news on "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" check back to CBR.
UPDATE: The New York Times is now chiming in on the story, reporting that Aguirre-Sacasa has been approached by producers but that nothing has been signed. The writer offered the paper no comment.