Scarlett Johansson, star of Black Widow, has “amicably” settled her case with Disney and announced a new film with the studio.
In July, Johansson filed documents to sue Disney for an alleged $50 million in lost profits, claiming that the studio’s choice to broadcast the Marvel film on Disney+ at the same time that it was released in theaters broke their contract and had a negative impact on her pay.
However, the 36-year-old has agreed to a deal that has yet to be revealed and plans to collaborate with Disney for “years to come.”
Scarlett said in a statement, “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.”
“I’m very pleased that we have been able to come to a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding ‘Black Widow,'” Disney Studios chairman Alan Bergman remarked. We value her contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to collaborating on a variety of new projects with her, including Disney’s ‘Tower of Terror.'”
Scarlett stated in her original petition that her salary for ‘Black Widow’ was contingent on the film’s box office success.
However, Disney later retorted that they would compensate for the lost money and that Scarlett’s complaint had “no merit.”
They said at the time: “There is no merit whatsoever to this filing. The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“[Disney] has fully complied with Ms. Johansson’s contract and furthermore, the release of ‘Black Widow’ on Disney Plus with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20M she has received to date.”
‘Black Widow’ grossed $80 million in domestic box office opening weekend, as well as another $78 million overseas and $60 million from home purchases on the streaming platform.