Scarlett Johansson sues Disney for distribution of Black Widow
Earthquake in Hollywood, and in particular at Disney. According to Variety reports, Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney, claiming that her contract was violated, as the studio released the Marvel movie Black Widow on Disney + and in theaters on the same day. “Disney intentionally induced Marvel to violate the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her agreement with Marvel,” the lawsuit reads. In all likelihood, Scarlett Johansson’s contract for Black Widow included a substantial percentage of the box office receipts. With the release of the film in hybrid form, the figure expected by the actress and her representatives has been significantly reduced.
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There is also a particularly strong accusation against Disney in the lawsuit documents: “In short, the message to and from Disney’s top management was clear: Increase Disney + subscribers, drop contractual promises, and you’ll be rewarded.” In a statement granted to Deadline, Scarlett Johansson’s attorney John Berlinski stated the following:
It’s no secret that Disney is distributing movies like Black Widow directly on Disney + to increase subscribers and thereby raise the company’s share price, and that it’s hiding behind Covid-19 as a pretext for doing all of this. But ignoring the contracts of the artists responsible for the success of his films in favor of this short-sighted strategy violates their rights, and we can’t wait to prove it in court. This will certainly not be the last case in which a Hollywood talent stands up to Disney and makes it clear that, whatever the company may pretend, it has a legal obligation to honor its contracts.
Black Widow opened with grossing $ 80 million in the US and Canada, setting a COVID-era box office record, and earned another $ 60 million on Disney Plus. With ticket sales currently totaling $ 319 million. globally, it is one of the lowest-grossing Marvel films.