Scarlett Johansson sues the release of Disney Mixed Black Widow
Scarlett Johansson is suing the Walt Disney Company. Black widow, She said it violated her contract and deprived her of potential income.
In a lawsuit filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday morning, Black widow The star and executive producer stated that her contract guarantees exclusive theatrical release. “The Wall Street Journal” first reported the news of this lawsuit.
Johnson’s potential revenue is related to the film’s box office performance, and the company is showing it simultaneously in theaters and its streaming service Disney+ for a rent of $30.
“In the months before this lawsuit, Ms. Johnson gave Disney and Marvel every opportunity to correct their mistakes and fulfill Marvel’s promises,” the lawsuit states. “Disney deliberately induced Marvel to violate the agreement without any valid reason to prevent Ms. Johnson from realizing all the benefits of her transaction with Marvel.”
Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A mixed version common during a pandemic
After its release was delayed for more than a year due to COVID-19, Black widow The best box office of the pandemic premiered in North America three weeks ago was US$80 million, and the box office of international theaters was US$78 million, but the box office revenue has dropped sharply since then. On the second weekend of the screening, the National Association of Theater Owners issued a rare statement criticizing the strategy, claiming that simultaneous screenings would only lead to loss of profits and improved quality of piracy.
During the pandemic, the once taboo mixed distribution of drama and streaming became more normal for many of the largest studios, each with its own unique strategy.This weekend, Disney will adopt the same strategy Jungle cruising, Next weekend, Warner Bros. big budget movie Suicide squad Open in theaters and HBO Max.
The revised mixed distribution strategy in the past 16 months has occasionally caused public quarrels, not only theater owners, but also stars, filmmakers, and financiers who are dissatisfied with potential revenue losses and so-called unilateral decisions.
The Wall Street Journal stated that, for example, Warner Media paid more than $200 million in a “revised agreement” with talent for its decision to release its entire 2021 movie in theaters and on HBO Max at the same time.
But none is as public as Johnson’s lawsuit.This actor, he has appeared in nine Marvel movies since 2010 Iron Man 2After the news of the lawsuit came to light, Thursday quickly became a hot topic on Twitter.
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