It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has rocked Disney film release plans, pushing some films originally slated for a theatrical release instead to premiere on Disney +. With the ever-changing media landscape, it looks like Marvel Studios is already brewing for future uncertainties.
According to TheWrap.com, the superhero powerhouse is re-thinking its contracts for future projects to reflect possible changes in exit strategy. A studio insider told Umberto Gonzalez that “in the new contract language, key talent above the line such as actors, writers, directors and producers will receive adjusted compensation depending on whether the film opens in theaters. or debuting on the Disney + streaming service. ” Gonzalez adds that typical Marvel contracts for key talent include bonuses on the backend that tie in with their film’s box office returns. The first film to use the new contracts is expected to be Black Panther II, who recently confirmed reports that the role of T’Challa will not be recast following the death of star Chadwick Boseman.
It’s also worth noting that the pandemic has also prompted Disney to debut in theaters and on Disney + alongside ‘Premier Access’. The live-action remake of Mulan was the first version to use this strategy in September, when it was announced during Disney’s Investor Day that it will also be done for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Raya and the last dragon from March 5. It is likely that these new contracts will also provide compensation for films released in this way.
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