Disney pulls out checkbook and strikes a deal with Scarlett Johansson

« I’m glad I resolved my disagreements with Disney “. In a statement released last Thursday, Scarlett Johansson confirmed the end of the conflict that has pitted her against the entertainment giant for a few months. As a reminder, it was the studio’s choice to simultaneously release the Black Widow film in theaters and in streaming that set the powder on fire. The actress lodged a complaint because she believes that the passage on Disney + generates a real loss of earnings which is detrimental to her, her remuneration being calculated from the results of the feature film at the box office.

An emblematic case that shakes Hollywood

At the end of a battle that will have lasted several months, the two parties have therefore reached an agreement. According to Deadline, it could ultimately be very expensive for Disney who would pay up to $ 40 million to the star.

The representatives of the company also only have words that are tender enough for the one who embodies Black Widow in the Marvel universe, like Alan Bergman, president of Disney Studios Content:

I am very happy that we were able to come to a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson. We appreciate his contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on a number of upcoming projects, including Disney’s Tower of Terror.

This case was followed closely in Hollywood because it is emblematic of the procrastination of the studios since the start of the pandemic. They hesitate on the strategy to adopt between streaming and theatrical releases. This ambivalence also concerns a lot the players who see their remuneration model called into question.

Remember that the representatives of Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins stepped up to the plate on this subject and obtained a check for several million dollars for their protected. For their part, cinema operators have not hesitated to criticize Disney and Warner for their strategies. They claim that simulcasting lowers their revenue and increases piracy.

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