The Hollywood star accuses the studio of violating the contract by releasing the film on Disney + at the same time as the theatrical release. A decision that cost her millions of dollars
Scarlett Johansson sued the Disney for his decision to release the film «Black Widow» on his streaming platform simultaneously in the halls. Which, according to the actress, constitutes one breach of contract that cost her Millions of dollars. Scarlett Johansson, one of the more paid stars of Hollywood, he was entitled to one percentage of the proceeds raised by the highly anticipated Marvel movie, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday 29 July in a court of The Angels.
The release of «Black Widow» on the big screen, scheduled for last year, had been postponed several times due to Covid-19 pandemic. The film was finally released in theaters in July, but also on the streaming platform Disney+. Box office experts believe i disappointing numbers, by Marvel movie standards, is partly due to its release in streaming simultaneous. In three weeks, the film has grossed 150 million dollars (126 million euros) in American cinemas.
“It’s no secret that Disney is releasing movies like “Black Widow” directly on Disney+ to attract more subscribers and therefore increase the company’s share price – and invoke the Covid-19 as a pretext, ”Scarlett Johansson’s attorney said John Berlinski in a statement to the AFP. “This is definitely not the last time the Hollywood talent he opposed Disney and made it clear that whatever the company can claim, has a legal obligation to honor its contracts“, he added.
Disney, which owns the Marvel Studios specialized in Super heroes, did not immediately respond to request for a comment advanced by AFP. How many studies of Hollywood, Disney is giving more and more streaming priority as a source of entrate future. After the first weekend of “Black Widow” programming, Disney released a press release claiming that the film had collected “over 60 million dollars»(50.5 million euros) only on Disney+, where it was available to subscribers, at an additional cost of 30 dollars.
In the complaint presented, it is stated that “to protect your financial interests, Mrs. Johansson got the promise from Marvel that the film would be released in theatersWhich, he said, implied that it would not be immediately available in streaming. But “Disney wanted to attract audiences for the film away from the cinemas and towards its own service of streaming, where he could keep the income for himself increasing the number of subscribersDisney+».
The rival studio Warner Bros. was targeted last year for doing one similar move releasing all of his film simultaneously in cinemas and in streaming. Warner had renegotiated many of his contracts with stars and directors, and reportedly paid more than 200 million dollars (168.3 million euros) for make up for the deficit at the box office.
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