Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney; breach of contract.
Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney for breaching her Black Widow contract by releasing the film in theaters and Disney +. At signing, Johansson’s contract specified that the film would be exclusively in theaters. Disney was counting on deferrance from the Star because she was a woman and possibly hoping she wouldn’t fight back. Well, she did and they are getting smacked in the face with the lawsuit. Good for her, for fighting for what she deserves.
Johansson’s salary was based on the movie’s box office performance in theaters alone which was still a big number, $80 million. However, by not including Disney + profits they underhanded pocketed that remaining profit for themselves. And, his left Scarlet at a loss of over $50-60 million. In case, you were unaware, Black Widow made $218 million in total opening weekend.
Refuse to Renegotiate the Contract
The Black Widow star was denied opportunities to renegotiate her contract when news broke that the film would be release on Disney’s streaming platform. However, they didn’t engage in any discussions of renegotiating her contract deliberate leaving millions at the table. And for those who say she shouldn’t sue, would you leave $50-60 million if it was an option? Despite, what you feel towards the star, Johansson should be entitled to the difference. The film star should be privy to funds that could provide further for her growing family. Scarlett is expecting with her new husband Colin Jost.
While Marvel and Disney engaged in shady undertakings with respect to it’s talent, Warner Bros took the opposite road. Warner Bros Media paid more than $200 million to talent whose original contracts were based on box office performance but were changed to reflect day-and-date streaming deals.
Lawsuit and Statement from Attorney, John Berlinski
“Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel.”
“It’s no secret that Disney is releasing films like ‘Black Widow’ directly onto Disney+ to increase subscribers and thereby boost the company’s stock price – and that it’s hiding behind COVID-19 as a pretext to do so.”
“This will surely not be the last case where Hollywood talent stands up to Disney and makes it clear that, whatever the company may pretend, it has a legal obligation to honor its contracts.”