Black Widow: Hollywood star Johansson settles ‘fee’ dispute with Disney

Scarlett Johansson, an American actress, and Disney Studios have struck an agreement on the star’s salary for the film Black Widow.

The superhero film, in which Johansson appeared as the lead character, was supposed to be released in theatres last year but was repeatedly postponed because to the COVID-19 epidemic.

In July, the film was finally released in theatres and on Disney+ concurrently.

According to the star, the initial arrangement was that the film would be released only in theatres, with her receiving a portion of ticket sales.

However, Disney, like many other streaming services, published several of its movies on Disney+ during the COVID-19 epidemic to allow consumers to see them at home rather than at theatres.

Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow

In July, Johansson, one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging breach of contract on the side of the firm.

She claimed that the Disney+ release cost her millions of dollars in box office revenues.

In what resulted in a back and forth, a company spokesperson in a statement to AFP said the filing had no merit and was “sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The statement also claimed that the company fully complied with the contract and that the Disney+ streaming release “has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20M she has received to date.”

Johansson’s lawyer had responded, claiming that the firm had attempted to weaponize her popularity while refusing to abide by the terms of their agreement.

Disney filed a petition in August to transfer the dispute to binding arbitration, a secret process in which both parties can strike an agreement.

According to a statement given to AFP on Thursday, the mother of one stated that in the litigation, both sides had reached a common ground.

“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.

Similarly, Alan Bergman, Chairman of Disney Studios Content, expressed satisfaction with the mutual arrangement made with both sides and expressed interest in working with the celebrity in the future.

“We appreciate 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,” the statement read.