Scarlett Johansson’s agent responds to Disney’s statement about the Black widow He demands and calls it an attack on the actress’s character. After spending more than a decade in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Johansson finally got a chance to star in a solo movie. However, COVID-19 repeatedly delayed plans to launch Black widow and it ultimately led to a drastic change. Disney released the film on Disney + as a Premier Access title at the same time it hit theaters, resulting in a $ 215 million world premiere weekend, with $ 60 million coming from Disney + alone.
While the public has mainly enjoyed Black widow, it was revealed that not everyone was happy with the launch. Johansson recently sued Disney as a result of the digital and theatrical release. The lawsuit claims that Johansson’s contract to Black widow included a mandate for an exclusive theatrical presentation and that the limited box office performance will result in the star losing $ 50 million in potential earnings. Instead of quietly resolving this dispute, Disney surprisingly released a strong statement in response that cited Johansson’s $ 20 million paycheck and said it was “sad and distressing” in light of the effects of COVID-19.
The Black widow The lawsuit saga now continues with Scarlett Johansson’s agent issuing a statement in response to Deadline. The statement qualifies Disney’s response as an attack on Johansson’s character. He calls Disney’s accusations against Johansson shameless and untrue, and goes on to cite the company’s attempt to weaponize the salary he deserved against him. The full statement from Johansson’s agent and CAA co-chair Bryan Lourd can be read below:
I want to refer to the Walt Disney Company statement that was issued in response to the lawsuit filed yesterday against them by our client Scarlett Johansson. They have blatantly and falsely accused Ms Johansson of being insensitive to the global COVID pandemic, in an attempt to make her look like someone they and I know she is not.
Scarlett has been a Disney partner on nine films, which have earned Disney and its shareholders billions. The company included her salary in its press release in an attempt to weaponize her success as an artist and entrepreneur, as if that was something she should be ashamed of. Scarlett is extremely proud of the work that she and all of Marvel’s actors, writers, directors, producers, and creative team have been a part of for more than a decade.
This lawsuit was filed as a result of Disney’s decision to knowingly violate Scarlett’s contract. They have deliberately shifted the revenue stream and profits to the Disney + side of the company, leaving the artistic and financial partners out of their new equation. That’s it, pure and simple.
Disney’s direct attack on his character and everything else that they involved falls short of the company that many of us in the creative community have successfully worked with for decades.
After the quick and harsh statement released yesterday by Disney, it is not surprising to see Johansson’s agent issue an equally forceful statement in his defense. Johansson feels like Disney broke her Black widow contract with the launch of Disney +, so his representation will continue to fight for what it believes is owed. Disney certainly doesn’t see the situation the same way. That could mean that the Black widow The lawsuit isn’t going away any time soon, barring a dramatic change from Johansson or Disney, or someone like Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who didn’t want the Disney + launch, trying to fix things.
The aftermath of Scarlett Johansson Black widow The lawsuit will also have major ramifications for Disney. There are already reports that Cruella Star Emma Stone is considering a similar lawsuit, with Jungle cruise Star Emily Blunt is also potentially looking to do the same. If any of them or other actors are considering suing Disney over hybrid releases, it looks like they might as well expect an equally strong pushback from Mouse House. Since this Black widow The lawsuit story is still evolving, surely there will be more updates and statements in the future no matter how it ends.
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