LOS ANGELES (AP) – Scarlett Johansson and Walt Disney Co. on Thursday settled their lawsuit over the streaming release of “Black Widow,” which began as the first big fight between the studio and the star for recent changes. Rollout plans for the film.
Johansson filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court two months ago, alleging that the Marvel movie streaming release violated his contract and deprived him of potential earnings.
The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but both sides issued a joint statement pledging to continue working together.
“I’m glad to be able to resolve our differences with Disney,” said Johansson, who played Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow in nine movies back in 2010’s “Iron Man 2”. “I am incredibly proud of the work I have done together over the years and have thoroughly enjoyed my creative relationship with the team. I look forward to continuing our cooperation. ”
Alan Bergman, chairman of Disney Studio Content, said: “I’m glad we’re here.
“We appreciate his contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on several upcoming projects,” Bergman said.
The lawsuit alleges that Johnson’s contract guaranteed a special theatrical release, with his potential earnings linked to the film’s box office performance. But since the start of the coronavirus epidemic, it has, like other recent releases, released the Disney movie simultaneously in theaters and for $ 30 rent through its streaming service Disney +.
The statement of case and the suggestion of Disney’s response were in front of a long and ugly battle. “In the months leading up to this lawsuit, Mrs. Johansson gave Disney and Marvel every chance to correct their mistakes and to do well in Marvel’s promise,” the lawsuit states. “Disney has deliberately breached Marvel’s contract, without justification, to prevent Mrs. Johansson from realizing the full benefits of her bargaining with Marvel.”
At the time, Disney said the case was “unqualified”, adding that “it is particularly tragic and tragic in its shameless negligence for the horrific and prolonged global impact of the Covid-1 pandemic epidemic.”
Disney said the modified release plan “has significantly improved its ability to obtain additional compensation over the 20 million it has received to date.”
Delayed by more than a year due to Covid-1 of, “Black Widow” America debuted in July as a ০ 1 million pandemic in North America and million 1 million in international theaters. On the second weekend of the release, the National Association of Theater Owners issued a rare statement criticizing the strategy.
Revised hybrid release strategies occasionally lead to open conflicts between stars, filmmakers and financiers who are dissatisfied with potential lost revenue and their lack of strategy.
But no one was as big or public as Johansson’s case.
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