Welp, it’s safe to say Scar-Jo’s days at Disney are over.
Scarlett Johansson, star of the latest Marvel film Black Widow, filed a lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Disney, alleging her contract was breached when the media giant released the film on its Disney+ streaming service at the same time as its theatrical debut.
Johansson said in the suit that her agreement with Disney’s Marvel Entertainment guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release, and her salary was based in large part on the box-office performance of the film. The suit states:
“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,”
John Berlinski, an attorney at Kasowitz Benson Torres LL stated:
“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,”
According to the complaint, Ms. Johansson’s representatives sought to renegotiate her contract after learning of the dual-release strategy for the film, which she has said is her ninth and last Marvel movie. Disney and Marvel were unresponsive, the suit said.
The Wall Street Journal added that the decision to put the movie on Disney+ is projected to cost Ms. Johansson more than $50 million, a person familiar with details of her contract claimed.
It wasn’t even the fact the film was bad, it was quite good despite a few things I would have personally changed. Mainly the bumbling of Taskmaster. But it just wasn’t memorable and audiences felt the same which is why it’s box office dipped dramatically in its second week.