Like a battle in a Marvel movie, Disney and Scarlett Johansson continue to exchange blows.
It all started on Thursday when Johansson filed a lawsuit accusing Disney of violating her contract for Black Widowwhich guaranteed exclusive theatrical release… Disney then responded with a statement accusing her of “heartless disregard“Towards the COVID-19 pandemic and revealed her salary in the film: $ 20 million.” Haymaking continued on Friday when Johansson’s Creative Artists Agency issued a response statement. “I want to refer to the statement made by the Walt Disney Company in response to the lawsuit filed against them yesterday by our client Scarlett Johansson,” said Brian Lourdes, co-chairman of Creative Artists Agency, in a statement received Diversity… “They shamelessly and falsely accused Ms. Johansson of insensitivity to the global COVID pandemic by trying to present her to who they and I know she is not.”
“Scarlett has partnered with Disney on nine films that have earned Disney and its shareholders billions,” Lourdes continued. “The company included her salary in its press statement in an attempt to leverage her success as an artist and business woman as if it were something they should be ashamed of. Scarlett is extremely proud of the work in which she and all of Marvel’s actors, writers, directors, producers, and creative team have worked for over a decade … This lawsuit was filed as a result of Disney’s decision. knowingly violate Scarlett’s contract. They deliberately shifted their revenue stream and profits to the side of Disney +, excluding creative and financial partners from their new equation. That’s it, clean and simple. Disney’s direct attack on her character and everything else they implied is below the company that many of us in the creative community have worked with successfully for decades. “
If you don’t remember the Disney statement Lourdes is referring to, here it is in full: “There is no basis in this documentation. The lawsuit is especially sad and distressed that it has heartlessly ignored the dire and lasting global fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Disney has fully complied with Ms. Johansson’s contract and has also issued Black Widow at Disney + with Premier Access has dramatically increased her ability to earn additional compensation in addition to the $ 20 million she has received to date. ”
This will surely mark the start of a long battle, although the results could be dramatic for the entertainment industry as a whole, especially if Johansson wins the lawsuit instead of settling or dismissing it in court. You may recall the recent big push from the authors who teaming up to fight Disney over royalties after Alan Dean Foster blamed the company retention star Wars book royalties after the acquisition of Lucasfilm. Johansson has a big enough name (and certainly enough money) to make this fight public and protracted, unlike countless others who don’t have the privilege of opposing a company that costs money. valued at $ 122.18 billion…
And that is not all. Matt Belloni, former editor of the Hollywood Reporter, said in his newsletter (published Scranrant) that Emma Stone could consider a similar claim against Cruella which Disney released exclusively through Premier Access of its streaming services. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski may have also looked at similar options with their movie Paramount, Quiet place, part 2and this is with Blunt’s latest movie, Jungle cruise, is coming to movie theaters and Disney + Premier Access today. Take your popcorn. Unless you’re Disney. Because it will be very interesting.
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