The legal battle between Scarlett Johansson and Disney is finally over. Both sides said that the disagreements in the movie Black Widow are over.
The waters between the lead role of the movie Black Widow, which met with the audience this year, and Disney, the production company, finally settled. Scarlett Johansson and Disney, the lead actors of the movie, shared that the disagreements are over in their statement yesterday.
While Black Widow is among the ambitious productions of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; The movie came to the fore with the lawsuit filed by the star actor against the production company.
Disney’s decision to stream the movie on the Disney+ streaming service at the same time as its premiere led Johansson to sue, saying her contractual rules were violated.
Scarlett Johansson said she was financially injured
Johansson demanded $80 million from Disney in addition to the $20 million payment she received for the movie, and claimed that the release of the movie on Disney+ at the same time as the movie’s release damaged the potential profits of the movie at the box office.
Disney said that it was within their right to put the movie on Disney+ under the agreement it made with Johansson, and that they did this because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the movie industry. Disney described Johansson in the lawsuit as “insensitive and indifferent to the dire and protracted global effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The legal battle that lasted for two months ended with the statements made yesterday. “I am delighted that Scarlett Johansson and I were able to reach a mutual agreement on Black Widow,” said Alan Bergman, President of Disney Studios. Bergman also said the company is working with the star actor on a number of upcoming projects, including “Tower of Terror,” based on the eponymous Disney theme park ride.
Johansson also said that she is happy to resolve the conflict and is incredibly proud of the work they have done together over the years.
The new deal between Johansson and Disney ends the two-month battle between the media giant and one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Scarlett Johansson’s lawyer accused Disney of being misogynistic
After delaying the release of Black Widow’s movie several times due to the corona virus pandemic, Disney finally decided to release the movie as a duo in Disney+ and cinemas. At the end of July, Johansson sued Disney, alleging that this was a breach of contract and significantly reduced her salary. Johansson was paid upfront and would also receive a plus fee based on Black Widow’s box office performance.
The movie did not perform well due to COVID. However, Johansson still made $158.8 million from its international opening weekend and another $60 million from the Disney+ Premier Access release. Black Widow saw a 67 percent drop at the box office over its second weekend. She claimed that Johansson lost $50 million due to dual vision.
Disney, in the face of the lawsuit; “These files have no value. “Johansson dismisses the dire and protracted global impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in a callous manner.”
Johansson’s lawyer described this response as an attack on the actor’s character, and many began to support Johansson. Recently, Disney claimed the lawsuit was “a orchestrated PR campaign” and hopes to avoid prosecution by filing an arbitration against the actor.
Johansson’s lawyer describes Disney as a “misogynist” and claims that she deliberately released Black Widow on Disney+ to gain more subscribers, even though she knew it would destroy Disney’s box office revenues.