Walt Disney Co. and Scarlett Johansson actresses have settled a lawsuit alleging breach of contract for the media giant’s decision to release “Black Widow” to streaming subscribers the day it was released in theaters.
“I’m pleased to be able to resolve our differences with Disney,” Johansson said in a statement Thursday. “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 in the years to come. ”
The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline and Variety reported the news almost simultaneously.
The financial details of the settlement were not disclosed.
Johansson sued in July, claiming that Disney had cheated him out of money, since his salary for the Marvel movie was largely based on how he worked at the box office. The movie was immediately made available to Disney + streaming customers with an additional $ 30 fee, Disney took a step back due to the impact of the epidemic in theaters.
“Disney deliberately violated Marvel’s contract, without justification, to prevent Mrs. Johansson from realizing the full benefits of her bargaining with Marvel,” the lawsuit suggests a bitter legal battle that could have a lasting effect on Hollywood.
Disney revealed at the time that Johansson was paid 20 20 million for the movie.
But on Thursday, the chairman of Disney Studios felt the controversy was a thing of the past and said the studio would continue to work with him. Alan Bergman said in a statement, “I am very pleased that we have reached a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson on the ‘black widow’.” “We appreciate his contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on several upcoming projects, including Disney’s ‘Tower of Terror’.”
“Black Widow” grossed about 4 184 million at the North American box office and at least $ 125 million through Disney +. It will be available for Disney + customers on October 6th without any additional fees.
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