The conflict between Scarlett Johansson and Disney is far from over. A week after the famous Hollywood actress denounced that the company breached part of its contract, the entertainment giant responded again and redoubled the bet: says the star is involved in a campaign against the company. What happened?
The confrontation began when Scarlett filed a lawsuit claiming that Disney violated its contractual terms by releasing Marvel’s Black Widow in theaters and streaming at the same time. This meant lower ticket sales and lower earnings for the actress, who has a movie royalty deal. On the other hand, they answered that the accusations were false and that the artist was paid with more than 20 million dollars.
Disney attorney Daniel Petrocelli spoke out on the matter in statements to Variety and was very harsh about it: “It is obvious that this is a very orchestrated public relations campaign to achieve a result that cannot be obtained on demand. No amount of public pressure can change or obscure explicit contractual commitments. The written contract is clear as a bell “.
In addition, the lawyer indicated that the Black Widow launch modality even benefited Johansson’s finances. “We treat Disney Premier Access as a box office for the purposes of the bonus requirements in the contract. That only improved the economy for Ms. Johansson. “, Held.
Petrocelli also stressed that the way the Marvel film was released has to do exclusively with the coronavirus pandemic. “You had an unexpected Covid crisis and the studio was trying to accommodate millions of fans who are nervous and uncomfortable walking into theaters. All the studios have had to adapt.”, he concluded.
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