Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney for breach of contract over the release of Black Widow
Scarlett Johansson has filed a lawsuit against Disney, saying that the company breached her contract when it released Black Widow to the general public on the same day that it showed the film in cinemas and on Disney+.
The 36-year-old claims that having the Marvel movie and the Walt Disney Company’s streaming service released on July 9 will impact her earnings for her role in the film.
The actress’ contract contains a provision stating that the film must be released in theaters and on video, and the actress’ salary is largely determined by the film’s box office success.
The Los Angeles lawsuit, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, claims that Disney acted “knowingly” in order to impede Johansson from earning all of her Marvel agreement.
An additional statement by John Berlinski, an attorney at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP who represents Johansson, also said: “This should not be the last time in which Hollywood talent refuses to comply with Disney’s contractual obligations.”
She tried to bring up the issue with Disney and Marvel before she filed her lawsuit, according to the WSJ.
After learning of the dual-release strategy for Black Widow, which she has stated is her ninth and last appearance in a Marvel movie, Johansson’s representatives sought to renegotiate her contract. No response from Disney or Marvel.
Because of this film, the “first and only standalone Marvel film” Ghost in the Shell star Scarlett Johansson starred in earned her $15 million USD and opened with $80 million in the U.S. and Canada, setting a new record for that period of time.
An additional $60 million was made on Disney Plus, and an additional $78 million was made overseas.