Scarlett Johansson Settles 'Black Widow' Lawsuit With Disney
Scarlett Johansson and Disney reportedly reached a settlement after the actress filed a lawsuit claiming the company breached its contract with her for the film Black Widow.
Johansson released a statement this week, sharing that she was “happy to have resolved our differences with Disney," as per NBC News.
"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,” she said.
Alan Bergman, the chairman of Disney Studios Content, also issued a statement about the resolution and confirmed they came “to a mutual agreement” and that Disney appreciates “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, Johansson filed a lawsuit that alleged Disney foiled her out of millions of dollars in back-end compensation when they sent her film Black Widow to Disney Plus, its streaming service, in tandem with a theater release. The simultaneous release, Johansson claimed, hindered the bonuses she was promised that were tied to certain box office benchmarks.
At the time, Disney issued a statement vehemently denying Johansson’s claims and said there was “no merit whatsoever to this filing.”
“The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the company emphasized.
Disney also argued that Johansson had “already received $20 million for her work” and that “the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20M she has received to date,” as per Variety.
Notably, the publication also reported that other films in Disney’s wheelhouse, like Cruella and Jungle Cruise, were also released on the studio’s subscription-based streaming service at the same time they hit theaters as “a concession to the damage COVID-19 had inflicted on the theatrical distribution landscape.”