Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Actress Scarlett Johansson settles lawsuit with Disney after claiming breach of contract

Actress Scarlett Johansson, star of the Marvel superhero film “Black Widow,” has filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney, alleging that the company violated its contract when it released the film in theaters while streaming it on Disney+.

So far, details about the final outcome of the lawsuit — including whether or not there was any financial compensation — have not been provided, but both Disney and Johansson have issued statements confirming the news.

“I am delighted to have resolved my differences with Disney. I am incredibly proud of the work we have done together over the years and have thoroughly enjoyed my creative relationship with the team. I look forward to our collaborations in the years to come. I look forward to continuing,” Johansson added. Statement on Thursday.

Disney Studios President of Content Alan Bergman also released Statement on Twitter in which she shared her relief that the actress and Walt Disney were able to reach a mutual agreement.

“I am very pleased that we have been able to reach a mutual settlement with Scarlett Johansson regarding Black Widow. We appreciate her contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and work together on several upcoming projects including Disney’s Tower of Terror. Look forward to doing it,” Bergman said.

Johansson took action against The Walt Disney Company in July after it accused them of breaching their contract by offering the new Marvel movie via streaming while it played in theaters.

The lawsuit did not specify the amount of compensation Johansson sought to be rewarded for the alleged damages, but Johansson argued that releasing the film through two different mediums had reduced her compensation.

Woman falling to earth in Black Widow
Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) falling from the sky in “Black Widow”. (Marvel/DisneyPlus)
Two women riding motorcycles in Black WIdow
Two women riding motorcycles in Black WIdow
“Black Widow” stars Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Yelena Romanoff (Florence Pugh). (Marvel/DisneyPlus)

The actress claimed that the film was going to run exclusively in theatres, on which her salary party was based.

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At the time, Disney said the lawsuit had “no merit” and that they did not breach the actress’ contract. Disney also claimed that the film’s release on its streaming platform “significantly increased his (Johansson’s) ability to earn the additional $20 million in compensation he has received so far.”

After a delay of more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Black Widow debuted in theaters on July 9, while Disney+ subscribers were able to stream it for $30.

In his lawsuit, Johansson claimed that Disney intentionally diverted its customers to Disney+, “where it could keep revenue for itself, as well as increase the Disney+ customer base, which would increase Disney’s stock price.” It was a proven way to promote.”

Johansson’s attorney, John Burlinsky, said, “It’s no secret that Disney is releasing movies like Black Widow directly on Disney+ in order to increase subscribers and boost the company’s share price, and to do so.” On the pretext he is hiding behind COVID-19.” Time.

Disney said Johansson’s lawsuit demonstrated “draconian disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic” and had no merit.

Berlinsky said he hopes more Hollywood stars will challenge Disney going forward.

“This certainly won’t be the last case where Hollywood talent stands up to Disney and makes it clear that, whatever pretense the company may make, it has a legal obligation to honor its contracts,” he said at the time. .

Reuters contributed to this report.

katabella roberts


Katabella Roberts is a reporter currently based in Turkey. She covers news and business for The Epoch Times, focusing primarily on the United States.


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