Yesterday, it was reported that Scarlett Johansson had filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney in Los Angeles Superior Court after the studio decided to release “Black Widow” on its streaming service in conjunction with the first film.
Johansson says there was a breach of contract because her deal with Marvel guaranteed EXCLUSIVE theater debuts, which would give the actress a percentage of the box office on top of her salary.
And, according to Comic Book, the studio decided to comment on the controversy through an official statement, which reads:
“There is no merit in this process. This process is a sad and heartbreaking decision for its relentless disregard for the horrific and lingering global effects caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Disney has fully lived up to Ms. Johansson’s contract, and furthermore, the release of ‘Black Widow’ on Disney + with Premier Access has earned her significant additional compensation beyond the $ 20 million she received up to. here.
On the other hand, Johansson’s legal team argued that:
“Disney intentionally induced a violation of the Marvel Agreement, without justification, to prevent Ms. Johansson from receiving all of the benefits of her contract with Marvel Studios.”
This is because Johansson tried to renegotiate with Disney so that he knew the film would be streaming and in theaters simultaneously, but to no avail.
“It’s no secret that Disney is releasing films like ‘Black Widow’ direct on Disney + to increase subscriber numbers and thereby boost the company’s stock price – and that it is behind it Covid-19 as a pretext for this. ” , the attorney representing the actress, John Berlinski, told CNBC.
“But ignoring the contracts of the artists responsible for the success of their films in favor of this short-sighted strategy violates their rights and we hope to prove it in court. This certainly won’t be the last time Hollywood talent faces Disney and makes it clear that regardless of what the company claims, it has a legal obligation to honor its contracts.
And it seems that Johansson was not the only one who was unhappy with the hybrid version …
The portal also reported that reporter Matthew Belloni, former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, said he had access to the trial pages and cited a party as saying Kevin Feige was also upset with the film’s release on Disney. +.
On his news blog, Belloni wrote:
“Feige is a businessman and is not subject to corporate confrontations or controversies. But I’m told he’s angry and embarrassed by the release of “Black Widow” on Disney +. He lobbied Disney against the decision and opted for the exclusivity of the first film. When am * rd # hit the fan, the movie started to hit the box office and Johansson’s team threatened Disney with a lawsuit… which ended up happening. Feige just wants the studio to make a difference with her.
More news on the process is expected to emerge in the coming days.
In the meantime, Disney + subscribers will be able to watch “Black Widow” at no additional cost starting August 25.
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