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 it seems that Johansson was not the only one who was unhappy with the hybrid version …
According to the Comic Book, reporter Matthew Belloni, former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, said he had access to the trial pages and quoted a party as saying Kevin Feige was also “furious” about 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 work things out with her.
As for Johansson, as soon as she learned that the film would be streaming and theatrically simultaneously, she tried to renegotiate with Disney, but to no avail.
“It’s no secret that Disney is releasing movies like Black Widow directly on Disney + to increase the number of subscribers and thus increase the company’s share price – and that it is hiding behind Covid-19 as a pretext for it, “he told the actress’ attorney 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.
News of the process should 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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