Director Julie Taymor has spoken out about her struggles with Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, insisting she is "in the crucible" as she tries to get the show on track.
The $65 million (£43 million) Broadway musical has been plagued by delays, on-set accidents and scathing reviews, and Taymor admits the ongoing problems have taken their toll on her emotions.
According to the New York Times, Taymor told the Ted2011 conference in California, "Anyone who creates knows when it's not quite there. Where it hasn't quite become the phoenix or the burnt char. And I am right there... I am in the crucible right now. It is my trial by fire. It's my company's trial by fire."
Despite the production's problems, Taymor is convinced she and her "beautiful collaborators" have what it takes to improve the musical.
She adds, "It's right there in the palm of my hands. In all of my company's hands. I have beautiful collaborators. We as collaborators only get there all together. I know you understand that. You stay there going forward and you see this extraordinary thing right in front of your eyes."
Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is scheduled to officially open on 15 March (11).