Scarlett Johansson is Suing Disney Over Streaming of 'Black Widow': Full Story Here!
Disney released Black Widow at the same time the movie hit the theatres. And the step clearly didn't go well with its protagonist, actress Scarlett Johansson. She filed a lawsuit against Disney in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday. On paper, Johansson, 36, complains that Disney breached her contract by releasing the hotly-anticipated movie on its streaming services.
The suit further claimed that Scarlett had agreed that her paycheck would be based on the movie's box office collection. "To maximize these receipts, and thereby protect her financial interests, Ms. Johansson extracted a promise from Marvel that the release of the picture would be a 'theatrical release,'" the suit claimed.
Scarlett says Disney has breached her contract. Photo Source: Vulture
As per several publications, Scarlett isn't the only one pissed at Disney's move. Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, is furious over the hybrid release of the movie. "Feige is a company man, and not prone to corporate showdowns, or shouting matches, but I'm told he's angry and embarrassed," read Belloni's newsletter. Disney hasn't sat quite after Scarlett's massive backlash against it.
Disney responded the same day, saying, "there is no merit whatsoever to this filing" and that the suit is "especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic." Disney's spokesperson also revealed that the release of Black Widow on Disney + with premier access has only benefitted her.
Johansson isn't the only one furious over the movie's streaming. Photo Source: The News
"It has enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20 million she made from the film," said the spokesperson. The Marvel movie starred Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and O-T Fagbenle. The movie was released on July 9.
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