Date: 1st October 2021
Scarlett Johansson and Disney have reached a settlement over her blockbuster lawsuit that accused the studio of sabotaging the theatrical release of "Black Widow" to prop up Disney Plus.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Johansson had sought a $50 million payout from the studio.
"I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney," stated Johansson. "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."
Johansson filed suit earlier this year after Disney decided to release the film on its streamer the same day that it would be debuting in theaters. Johansson claimed a breach of contract in her suit that cost her upwards of $50 million in the loss of backend profits, profits that could've been made if Black Widow released exclusively in theaters like Shang-Chi, which released this month.
Johansson's Black Widow lawsuit brought the significant issues of actor's box-office back-ends in their contracts into the forefront, especially in the era of streaming. To put it into context, Black Widow opened at $80 million domestically and earned $372 million globally since its release. Many actors, including WandaVision's Elizabeth Olsen and Jamie Lee Curtis, came out in support of the Black Widow star. It was rumored that Emma Stone and Emily Blunt were considering similar lawsuits, as their films Cruella and Jungle Cruise were also subject to the simultaneous theatrical and streaming release, but those suits were never filed.
Source: Press Release