Disney and Scarlett Johansson settle their lawsuit over actress’ pay for Black Widow

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress' case against the company was set to have far-reaching consequences for all of Hollywood's major companies.

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The legal dispute between Scarlett Johansson and Disney has come to a conclusion. They’ve reached an agreement to settle a contract dispute over the star’s Black Widow compensation. The deal’s terms, however, were not disclosed.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress’ case against the company was set to have far-reaching consequences for all of Hollywood’s major companies. Johansson stated, “I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney. I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done together over the years and have greatly enjoyed my creative relationship with the team. I look forward to continuing our collaboration in years to come.”

Disney Studios chairman Alan Bergman, on the other hand, added, “I’m very pleased that we have been able to come to a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding Black Widow. We appreciate her contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on a number of upcoming projects, including Disney’s Tower of Terror.”

The lawsuit was filed in July in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that the company sacrificed the film’s box office potential in order to build its Disney+ streaming service, which is still in its infancy. Johansson was paid $20 million for the film, according to Disney. Jamie Lee Curtis, Marvel’s Wanda Vision actor Elizabeth Olsen, and mogul Jason Blum were among those who spoke out in support of Johansson’s cause.

Johansson said in her lawsuit that when she signed her contract, Marvel promised her an exclusive theatrical release. She claimed that her contract was broken when the film was released on Disney+ at the same time.

Black Widow, which has grossed $379 million globally to date, was released at the same time in theatres and for an additional $30 on Disney+ Premier Access. On July 11, Disney said that Black Widow had made $60 million with Disney+ Premier Access. Johansson, on the other hand, had been mulling legal action for several months. She thought Disney would make an offer and she wouldn’t have to launch a lawsuit until the afternoon of July 28. Disney, on the other hand, remained in the mode of “Let’s keep talking.”

As the coronavirus pandemic wrecked havoc on Hollywood over the last 18 months, Black Widow was one of many big-budget films released simultaneously on streaming and in theatres, including Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 and Disney’s Cruella and Jungle Cruise. Following Johansson’s complaint, a number of other A-listers have been said to be considering pursuing similar lawsuits.

While Disney has been chastised for its handling of talent deals during the pandemic, Warner Media took a different approach, paying as much as $200 million to a long list of stars, including Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, and Will Smith, whose Warner Bros. films were simultaneously opening in theatres and on HBO Max.


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