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Black Widow star sues Disney over film’s release

Scarlett Johansson has launched a major lawsuit against The Walt Disney Company after her movie Black Widow was released on its streaming service at the same time it hit the theatres.

30/07/2021 2:50:00 AM

The Marvel Cinematic Universe actress took action after Black Widow was released on Disney +, with a lawsuit filed to court claiming her contract guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release.

Scarlett Johansson has launched a major lawsuit against The Walt Disney Company after her movie Black Widow was released on its streaming service at the same time it hit the theatres.

Johansson’s salary was also to be largely reflective of the film’s success at the box office.“Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realising the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel,” the lawsuit said, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

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The lawsuit also alleges Disney wanted to push viewers towards its streaming service Disney+"where it could keep the revenues for itself while simultaneously growing the Disney+ subscriber base, a proven way to boost Disney's stock price".

Black Widow was released on July 9.Moviegoers attend a screening of Black Widow in Hong Kong earlier this month. Photo: Miguel Candela/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesA Disney spokesperson said there “is no merit to this filing” and the lawsuit is “is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.” headtopics.com

“Disney has fully complied with Ms. Johansson’s contract and furthermore, the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20 million she has received to date.”

Black Widow grossed $US80 million in the U.S. box office and $US78 million internationally. The film also generated a further $60 million with AUD$35 one-time fees on Disney+. The action-packed film, which also stars Florence Pugh and David Harbour, was initially expected to be released in 2020 but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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