Considering that Black Widow’s hybrid release had cost her a lot of money, Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney. Mickey’s firm is now trying to settle the dispute privately. But the actress and her representatives do not hear it that way.
The rise of SVOD combined with the health crisis pushed studios to opt for simultaneous releases in theaters and on platforms. But this poses a problem for actors whose part of the income is calculated on the results of films at the box office. It is for this reason that Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney. The Black Widow actress estimates the big-eared firm owes her $ 50 million. That is the sum she should have earned if the film had only been released in theaters for 90 to 120 days.
Disney believes that it has fully respected the actor’s contract. Suffice to say that the hatchet is far from being buried between the two parties. And while Johansson wants to settle the matter in the public square, Disney is campaigning for private arbitration to avoid a lawsuit that would give it bad publicity.
Mickey’s firm has notably filed a petition to this effect in the Superior Court of Los Angeles. Periwinkle Entertainment, which negotiated the agreement, would have agreed that any claim related to the role of the actress in Black Widow would be dealt with in a confidential arbitration.
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According to Disney, the contract negotiated with the actress did not indicate that Black Widow was to be released exclusively in theaters. And to stress that he simply had to screen the film in 1,500 theaters. A quota largely reached since the last Marvel was showing in nearly 40,000 theaters around the world, Disney recalls. And ensure that all of the revenue made on Disney + would be used to calculate additional compensation although the contract does not require it.
“After initially responding to this litigation with a misogynistic attack on Scarlett Johansson, Disney is now, as expected, trying to hide its misconduct in confidential arbitration.”, castigates for his part John Berlinski, the lawyer of Kasowitz Benson Torres who represents Johansson.
And to add: “Why is Disney so afraid to argue this case in public? Because he knows that Marvel’s promises to give Black Widow a traditional theatrical release ‘like its other films’ were closely tied to ensuring that Disney wouldn’t capitalize on box office sales to boost Disney + subscriptions. However, that is exactly what happened and we look forward to unveiling the overwhelming evidence that proves it.. »