The troubled Broadway production "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" looks to, much to my surprise, actually be coming out. The presale has already begun, and tickets go on sale to the public at large on August 14th.
Just the idea of a Spider-Man musical seems a bit absurd. When you add that it's directed by veteran director Julie Taymor and features music and lyrics by rock legends Bono and the Edge of U2, it becomes that much more fascinating.
The budget is reportedly north of $50 million, and the production went into deep debt and looked frequently during its development that it may never happen. Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming, who were originally cast as Spider-Man's love Mary Jane Watson and villain Green Goblin, respectively, both left the production during its protracted difficulties. However, it's finally set to launch, starring Los Angeles rocker Reeve Carney as Peter Parker, the amazing Spider-Man.
That high budget also means that they're going to have to sell a lot of tickets for a long, long time and for a lot of money to get even close to breaking even.
Of course, there's still plenty of time for something else to happen to this cursed production; it's scheduled to hit Broadway's Foxwoods Theatre November 14th for previews, with the official opening on December 21st.