Date: 6th October 2021
Scarlett Johansson and Disney have settled their lawsuit over the former's earnings from the Marvel superhero movie Black Widow, which Johansson initiated in July over what she claimed was a breach of contract after Disney chose to release the film simultaneously in cinemas and on its Disney+ streaming platform.
In a statement reported by a number of publications, Johansson said: "I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney. 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."
Chair of Disney Studios Alan Bergman said in his own statement that he was "very pleased" to be able to come to a mutual agreement with the Marvel Studios star.
"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."
Johansson launched the lawsuit after Disney opted for a "hybrid" release for Black Widow, claiming that her fees were based on the box-office performance of the film. The current global box-office revenue stands at $377m (£280m) but the film suffered a precipitous decline of 67% in its second week on release in the US in July, the worst recorded by any Marvel Cinematic Universe film. Johansson claimed that her lawyers asked to renegotiate her contract after Disney’s change of release strategy.
Source: Press Release