Scarlett Johansson and Disney settle ‘Black Widow’ lawsuit

Scarlett Johansson and Disney have settled on their blockbuster lawsuit that accused the studio of sabotaging the theatrical release of “Black widowTo prop up Disney Plus.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Johansson had requested a $ 50 million payment to the studio.

“I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney,” Johansson said in a statement Thursday. “I am incredibly proud of the work we have done together over the years and have greatly enjoyed my creative relationship with the team. I look forward to continuing our collaboration in the years to come. “

Alan Bergman, president of content for Disney Studios, said he too was pleased to have resolved the dispute.

“I am very pleased to have been able to reach a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding ‘Black Widow’,” he said in a statement. “We appreciate your contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on a number of upcoming projects, including Disney’s ‘Tower of Terror.’

Johansson had accused Disney of reneging on its promise to make a traditional theatrical release of “Black Widow” in favor of a simultaneous premiere on Disney Plus. The lawsuit alleged that Johansson lost tens of millions of dollars in box office bonuses.

Disney had responded in unusually personal terms to the A-list star, accusing her of displaying “a cruel disregard for the horrific and lingering global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The study also revealed that Johansson had been paid $ 20 million for his work on the project.

CAA co-chair Bryan Lourd responded that the study sought to “turn their client’s success into a weapon” against them.

“Disney’s direct attack on his character and everything else that they involved falls short of the company that many of us in the creative community have successfully worked with for decades,” Lourd said at the time.

Disney had sought to force Johansson’s claim to arbitration, arguing that his contract contained a provision that required any dispute to be resolved in private. However, a hearing on that motion was scheduled for March, suggesting that the parties were not eager to fight in court.

“Black Widow” was originally scheduled to debut on May 1, 2020, but was postponed multiple times due to the pandemic. In March 2021, Disney announced that it would be released simultaneously in theaters and via Premier Access on Disney Plus on July 9, allowing subscribers to rent the film for $ 30. The film grossed $ 80 million in theaters at his first weekend, not bad for the pandemic, but terrible by Marvel standards before the pandemic.

Disney revealed in a presentation in August that “Black Widow” had grossed $ 125 million in streaming, in addition to its gross $ 367 million box office.

Johansson argued that the broadcast’s launch cannibalized the theatrical brute and violated his contract. Disney also released “Jungle Cruise” and “Cruella” simultaneously in theaters and on Disney Plus.

Warner Bros., which released its entire 2021 roster with the same hybrid model, paid handsome sums to compensate its stars for lost backend revenue.

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