The Simultaneous premiere on July 9 in theaters and Disney + of Black Widow (Black Widow) has unleashed a crude legal confrontation between Scarlett Johansson and the studio. And it is that the leading actress has decided to sue Disney for breach of contract as a result of this hybrid premiere, claiming that their emoluments depended, in part, on the performance of the film at the box office. A lawsuit that has been described as “sad and distressing” by Disney that in his response he accuses the actress – who they assure has already pocketed $ 20 million for the movie to be insensitive and to ignore in a “cruel” way the exceptional context derived from the coronavirus pandemic.
As stated in the lawsuit filed before the courts The Angels By the actress, when Johansson signed her participation in the film, she was assured that its distribution would be exclusively in theaters. But, beyond the place where it is exhibited, the complaint points out that the actress had to charge a box office percentage complementary to the amount already paid for her participation in the film that Disney would not be counting in its online viewings.
“Why has Disney decided to stop making billions of dollars at the box office by releasing the film in theaters at a time when the exhibition market is going through a bad time instead of waiting a few months for the film to be released? recover? “asks the claim.
“For all we know, the decision to do so has been made, at least in part, because Disney has seen the opportunity to promote its flagship, which is its subscription service, using the film and Mrs. Johansson in order to attract new subscribers who pay each month, to retain those who they already have and make Disney + a must-have service in an increasingly competitive market, “the lawsuit states in response to its own question.
“Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of contract, without justification, with the aim of preventing Johansson from obtaining the full benefits of its agreement with Marvel, “says the text that also accuses Marvel and Disney of” ignoring Johansson forcing her to file this lawsuit “, thus indicating that there has been no intention by the study to renegotiate the contract of the actress.
Harsh response from Disney
Disney’s response has not been long in coming. The studio has claimed that, having already charged $ 20 million to appear in the film, Johansson’s attitude is “Especially sad and distressing in its cruel disregard for the horrible, prolonged and global effects of the global warming pandemic coronavirus“.
In addition, they point out that this lawsuit for breach of contract has “no basis”. “Disney has fully honored Johansson’s contract. What’s more, the premiere of Black Widow on Disney + Through ‘premium access’ it has significantly expanded its capacity to generate additional compensation above the 20 million dollars it has already received to date, “they say.
Black Widow, Directed by Cate Shortland and cast by Florence Pugh, David Harbor and Rachel Weisz, it is the first Marvel Phase Four film to be released.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.