Wednesday, Aug 17, 2022

Scarlett Johansson Settles Her Lawsuit With Disney Studios

Though the terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, Johansson said she is happy to have resolved her "differences with Disney".

Scarlett Johansson had sued Disney for simultaneously releasing 'Black Widow' on Disney+

Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson, in a statement released on Thursday night, said she was pleased after settling the lawsuit with Disney studios over the release of her film ‘Black Widow’.

"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 in the statement.

Though the terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, Johansson said she is happy to have resolved her "differences with Disney", reported Variety.

In the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in July, the actor contended that the streaming release of the Marvel Studios-backed movie breached her contract and deprived her of potential earnings.  Johansson had sued Disney for breach of contract over the company's decision to release ‘Black Widow’ standalone film on Disney Plus and in theatres simultaneously.

Disney Studios chairman, Alan Bergman said the studio is also pleased to reach a resolution with the actor.

"I'm very pleased that we have been able to come to a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding 'Black Widow'. 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'," he said.

‘Black Widow’, featuring Johansson as the titular superhero, released in the theatres and on Disney's streaming platform on July 9.

The actor's lawyer said in the lawsuit that her contract guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release, with her potential earnings tied to the box office performance of the film.

At the time, The Walt Disney Co. had responded to Johansson's lawsuit via a statement in which the studio said that the litigation showed a callous disregard to the COVID-19 pandemic and even revealed that she has so far received USD 20 million from the project.

In August, Disney revealed in a filing that ‘Black Widow’ had grossed USD 125 million on streaming, in addition to its USD 367 million box office gross.

(With Inputs From PTI)