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Disney and Scarlett Johansson Settle demand for ‘Black Widow’

Disney and Scarlett Johansson Settle demand for ‘Black Widow’.

Earlier, Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney on July 29, claiming that her contract with Marvel was broken when Black widow was released on the Disney + streaming service at the same time as in theaters.

However, Disney responded with a request for private arbitration from Daniel Petrocelli following his initial response that his claim was “without merit.”

“I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney,” said Johansson. “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 for years to come.”

Meanwhile, Disney Studios President Alan Bergman added: “I am very pleased that we were able to reach a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson with respect to Black widow. We appreciate your contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on several future projects, including Disney’s. Tower of Terror.”

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After Johansson’s initial claim, Disney’s first tactic was to claim callousness in Johansson’s response to his breach of contract. A Disney spokesperson said, in part, “The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing because of its callous disregard for the horrific and lingering global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Johansson responded that the studio’s choice to broadcast Black widow on the Disney + streaming service dramatically decreased box office performance while hugely boosting streamer subscriptions. Disney, in what appears to have been a hint at Johansson’s greed, claimed he was paid $ 20 million for the film.

In the court of public opinion, opinions were mixed according to the demographic group that was asked. In the end, the actors, executives, and filmmakers came together as they saw that this would set the precedent for future breaches of contracts, not just with Disney, but with other studios as well.

The opinion of CAA Co-Chair Bryan Lourd was that Disney “blatantly and falsely accused Ms. Johansson of being insensitive to the global COVID pandemic, in an attempt to make her look like someone they and I know she is not.”

Johansson’s contract with the Disney Marvel branch guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release when he signed his contract. She alleged that her contract was broken when the film simultaneously premiered on Disney +.

“Why would Disney give up hundreds of millions of dollars in box office revenue by releasing the film in theaters at a time when it knew the theatrical market was ‘weak’, instead of waiting a few months for it to be? he will get over?”

asked the complaint. “Based on information and belief, the decision to do so was made at least in part because Disney saw the opportunity to promote its flagship subscription service using Picture and Ms.

Johansson, thereby attracting new paid monthly subscribers, retaining existing ones, and establishing Disney + as an essential service in an increasingly competitive market “.

According to the complaint, Disney’s move “not only increased the value of Disney +, but it also intentionally saved Marvel (and thus itself) what Marvel referred to as ‘very large box office bonuses’ that Marvel from otherwise she would have been obliged to pay Ms. Johansson. ”

By contrast, WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar, after admitting that the decision to stream Warner Bros. ‘movies on HBO Max was a hasty decision, decided to handle things differently.

”The decision ended up costing up to $ 200 million. to pay the stars whose Warner Bros. films were impacted by the opening in theaters and on its HBO Max streaming service, including Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, and Will Smith.

“We said upfront that we were going to treat every movie as a blockbuster, from an economic perspective, for the participants, that we were going to be fair and generous, we were going to do the right thing. The good news is that we did it, and we worked to the end to achieve it. And now we are in a very good situation.”

 

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