Spider-Man: U2 to write music and lyrics for new musical

In a report in Variety, Marvel Comics confirm that Bono and The Edge from U2 are to write music and lyrics for a Broadway musical based on comic book hero Spider-Man.

David Maisel, chairman of Marvel Studios, told Variety "We've been analyzing and looking at the Broadway market for some time."

Spider-Man will be directed by Julie Taymor, who was the first female director to receive a Tony for Best director for her work in Walt Disney's Broadway musical, The Lion King.

Bono and The Edge have written for the stage before, composing songs for a Royal Shakespeare Company production of A Clockwork Orange in the 1990s.

Little is known about the plot for Spider-Man, though a casting notice for a reading of the musical which is to be held in New York on 12 and 13 Jul 2007 is seeking actors for the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, his love interest Mary Jane, super-villain Norman Osborn/Green Goblin, and J. Jonah Jameson, publisher of The Daily Bugle.

Variety reports "Two villains of the story will be Norman Osborn, aka the Green Goblin, and the seductive she-Spidey Arachne. Also in the mix is something called a "Geek Chorus," a group of comicbook fanboys (and a token fangirl).

Spider-Man will be produced by Marvel Entertainment in association with Hello Entertainmet, David Garfinkle and Martin McCallum.