Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney for breach of the Black Widow contract after the movie day and date were released on Disney Plus. This is despite Johansson’s contract allegedly assuring her that the film will be released exclusively in cinemas.
This news comes through The Wall Street Journal, which reports that much of Johansson’s salary was based on the film’s performance in theaters. Since the film was released for Disney Plus, sources familiar with the lawsuit say the transition to Johansson’s streaming cost more than $ 50 million.
“Disney deliberately caused Marvel a breach of the agreement, without justification, to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefits of her agreement with Marvel,” the lawsuit states.
Johansson’s complaint states that her representatives tried to negotiate her contract for the Black Widow after learning that the film would be released as a Premier Access film at Disney Plus the same day it arrives in theaters. The lawsuit alleges that Disney and Marvel “did not respond” to these discussions, according to the WSJ.
Even before the pandemic, Johansson was reportedly already worried that the film would be released as a Premier Access title, and the actor sought assurances that the film would have a traditional cinema release.
According to an email in the lawsuit, Marvel chief adviser Dave Galluzzi reportedly told Johansson’s spokesman there would need to be discussions if plans change “because the deal is based on a series of (very large) cash bonuses,” for Johansson.
Elsewhere in filmmaking, WarnerMedia has negotiated many of its contracts with actors for this very reason. It was previously reported that Warner Bros. paid more than $ 200 million to talents whose original contracts were based on cashier performance but were modified to reflect daily and date streaming transactions.
The Black Widow set a pandemic record with her $ 80 million domestic box office debut. He also earned $ 60 million at Disney Plus. However, the film quickly crashed at the box office, angering theater owners across the country.
Take a look at our thoughts on the film in IGN’s Black Widow Review, and then read about how the film set a record for the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch this video on how theater owners are furious about Disney after the Black Widow box office crashed after that.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him further Twitter @LeBlancWes.