Not content just to be a dominant movie franchise, Spider-Man is headed to Broadway. The Tony Award winning director Julie Taymor (Lion King) is set to direct. U2’s Bono and the Edge are providing music and lyrics.
Test readings will start this summer. So far there are no details about premiere dates or who will play Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson, Aunt May, J. Jonah Jameson or the comic book’s other characters. Spider-Man is the first Marvel comic to make it to the stage. Superman tried and failed in 1966 (It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s Superman proved to be box office kryptonite). The first two films in the popular Sony franchise have grossed $777 million in the U.S. alone. The third Spider-Man movie hits theaters on May 4.
“The move to Broadway is something that we’ve had in mind at Marvel for a long time, but we had to find just the perfect team,’ says David Maisel, chairman of Marvel Studios in a Los Angeles Times interview, ‘and we think that, absolutely, Julie Taymor has proven to be a world-class talent for realizing a difficult vision.”