Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit Settlement Reportedly Revealed
After a very public and very contentious legal battle, news has recently surfaced that Scarlett Johansson and Walt Disney have put an end to their conflict; this news has been expounded upon, however, as the exact figures of the Black Widow lawsuit settlement have reportedly been revealed.
The proposed lawsuit by veteran actress Scarlett Johansson never came to fruition as the Walt Disney Company narrowly avoided litigation through a settlement between the two parties.
The contention seemed to surface due to contractual obligations not being met by the studio; with the pandemic causing Black Widow’s distribution model to change, the film’s primary presence on Disney+ inhibited Johansson’s ability to recoup her compensation owed from the film’s assumed theater sales.
The entire conflict not only presented the reality of an everchanging industry, but also forced actors and studios to assess how the distribution of films would change in a post-pandemic world.
The lessening importance of theaters, and the declining demand of the theater experience, forced many studios to seek out how best to bring their films to their audiences; Johansson was collateral damage of that pursuit to discover the best steps forward for the studio.
In a report from Deadline, we now have an idea of just how much the studio had to pay Johansson in order to amend the wrongs, and avoid litigation; it has been reported that the Black Widow lawsuit settlement will cost Disney, “more than $40 million.”
An important step forward, Disney’s willingness to pay the compensation the actress felt she was owed not only avoids legal proceedings but also preserves the collaborative relationship between the two parties.
Not long after the announced settlement did fans learn that the two will continue their creative partnership on the often discussed remake of Disney’s Tower of Terror film; a project that many assumed to be seeking out a new star considering the tumultuous turn of events post-Black Widow.
Renewed faith in the studio should allow a very fruitful creative relationship to continue to flourish for years to come, and we couldn’t be any more excited to see what the immensely talented Scarlett Johansson has in store for her continued work with Disney.
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