Reporter Seo Ji-eun | 2021.07.30 14:49
Scarlett Johansson, the protagonist of Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’, has sued The Walt Disney Company (Disney).
According to foreign media reports such as the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on the 30th (Korean time), Johansson’s side recently filed a complaint with the Los Angeles (LA) High Court.
Johansson claims that Disney did not receive the bonus fee it would have received if it was only released in theaters by releasing ‘Black Widow’ simultaneously in theaters and online video streaming service (OTT) Disney Plus (+). That this is a breach of contract.
Johansson claims that Disney’s release of Black Widow on Disney+ was not in the contract. After the Disney+ release was decided, Johansson’s side tried to sign a new contract with Disney, but Disney refused to accept it.
They claim that Johansson has not been rewarded for using ‘Black Widow’ to promote Disney+. Citing sources in the film industry, the WSJ reported that Johansson had lost about $50 million (about 57 billion won) from the ‘Black Widow’ streaming service.
On the other hand, Disney’s position is that “all the contract terms have been fulfilled, and there is nothing that has not been kept in the existing contracts. A Disney spokesperson said in a statement that “it is futile to file a complaint against Johansson” and “It is sad and painful to see that the worst case of the coronavirus has been disregarded with a callous attitude.”
Johansson is said to have received $20 million (about 23 billion won) for appearing in ‘Black Widow’.