In the lawsuit filed today, Johansson claimed that the film’s release on Disney + broke her contract and caused a loss of theatrical revenue that she would have received had the film only been shown in theaters.
A spokesperson for the Walt Disney Company said, “There is no basis for this filing. The trial is particularly sad and painful in its utter disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Disney has fully complied with Ms. Johansson’s contract and, moreover, the release of Black Widow on Disney + with Premier Access has dramatically improved her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $ 20 million she has received to date. “
The simultaneous release of Black Widow on Disney + Premier Access was Disney’s biggest outing to use the day-and-date strategy, though not the only Warner Bros. allowing several of their great films such as Godzilla vs. Kong streaming on HBO Max for a rental fee from the same date the movie launched in theaters. The need to allow people to rent movies at home rather than having to go to the movies grew out of public concern about returning to the confines of a movie screen as the pandemic of Covid continued to rage across the world.
The lawsuit claims that Disney used the film to increase the number of subscribers to its streaming service and to give a boost during its actions to come out of the pandemic, but it goes on to say that the decision of the business is done at the expense of Scarlett Johansson whose “remuneration would be largely based on box office receipts”. He went on to say that the actress received a promise that the film would be released in theaters, which was broken.
In a statement, Johansson’s attorney John Berlinski said, “It’s no secret that Disney is releasing films 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 to do so. But ignoring the contracts of the artists responsible for the success of his films in the service of this short-sighted strategy violates their rights and we can’t wait to prove it in court. This surely won’t be the last time some Hollywood talent takes a stand against Disney and makes it clear that whatever the company may claim, it has a legal obligation to honor its contracts. “
With Disney coming out of the fights and going so far as to divulge this actress’ $ 20 million paycheck, a move that’s typically unheard of in the secret world of cinema, it’s clear House of the Mouse won’t take not this one lying down. This news arrives via Deadline.
Sujets : Black Widow, Disney, Disney Plus