October 18, 2021

Scarlett Johansson and Disney resolve their Black Widow legal spat

Scarlett Johansson and Disney’s legal battle has come to an finish.

Representatives for the actress and the studio each introduced Thursday that the 2 have resolved their legal dispute over this 12 months’s launch of Black Widow.

“I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney,” Johansson stated in a press release. “I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done together over the years and have greatly enjoyed my creative relationship with the team. I look forward to continuing our collaboration in years to come.”

“I’m very pleased that we have been able to come to a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding Black Widow,” Disney Studios chair Alan Bergman additionally stated in a press release. “We appreciate her contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on a number of upcoming projects, including Disney’s Tower of Terror.”

In July, the longtime Marvel actress made headlines when she filed a lawsuit alleging that the Walt Disney Co. breached her contract by releasing Black Widow in theaters and on Disney+ on the identical time. In Johansson’s go well with, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Courtroom, the actress argued that her compensation was based mostly largely on field workplace receipts, and she claimed that she had a contractual promise that Black Widow could be a “theatrical release.” As an alternative, the go well with alleged, Disney selected to make use of Black Widow to advertise its streaming service Disney+, on the expense of Johansson’s compensation.

On the time, Disney vehemently denied Johansson’s allegations, countering that her grievance had “no merit whatsoever.” In a uncommon blistering assertion, the corporate additionally stated that Johansson’s grievance confirmed “callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic” and that the actress had already obtained a payout of $20 million.

Johansson’s lawsuit was a uncommon instance of a serious film star publicly feuding with a studio, and it shortly changed into a disagreement, with each events slamming one another within the press. The dispute additionally got here at a time when the way forward for the theatrical film enterprise has by no means been extra in query: For many years, many A-list stars’ salaries have been tied to field workplace efficiency, however as extra and extra studios shift towards streaming-first content material, these conventional contracts have come into query. (The pandemic additionally exacerbated lots of the identical points, with film theaters remaining closed for months worldwide and studios selecting to shift many theatrical releases to streaming.)

The precise phrases of Johansson and Disney’s deal weren’t disclosed, however the two events seem to have settled on good phrases, with each saying that they “look forward” to working collectively sooner or later. Bergman additionally confirmed {that a} deliberate Tower of Terror film remains to be within the works, with Johansson nonetheless confirmed to star.