A musical based on the Spider-Man comics and penned with the help of U2 is to open on Broadway next year.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark features music and lyrics by U2's Bono and The Edge, whose new album No Line on the Horizon is released next week.

Director Julie Taymor, who played an integral role in the Broadway success of The Lion King, is to direct the production, reportedly the most expensive ever on the Great White Way, with a budget of $40 million (£27.6 million).

No casting details have yet been announced but Taymor said in 2007 that Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood - her leads from Beatles musical Across the Universe - were at the top of her wish list to play Spider-Man's Alter Ego Peter Parker and his love interest Mary-Jane Watson.

"I hope it will be a cross between a play, rock 'n' roll and circus," Taymor told the Daily Mail in November 2007.

"The movies with Tobey Maguire worked on their terms, but the show will be very different.

"In fact, it's based more on the original comic books than the movies."

The Spider-Man musical, which will trace Parker's ascent from Queens to webslinging in Manhattan, will open in January 2010 at the Hilton Theatre in New York City, the only venue big enough for the show's ambitious sets.

25/02/2009 16:03:36