Disney Issues ScarJo Statement While Other Actors Consider VOD Proceedings Lawsuit
The feud between studios and participants who want their backend is far from over.
As we reported yesterday, Disney is the latest target of a lawsuit from Scarlett Johansson because of residual debts that her from the Black widow Film that was specified as theatrical release in their contract and that the studio determined on the day and date of release.
As this swirls, Disney has shot back with a personal assault on the lawsuit, saying: “This submission has no justification.”
The spokesman continued, “The lawsuit is particularly sad and troubling as it disregards the dire and ongoing global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Apparently, this personal shot was overheard by Johansson and her agents and lawyers. Johansson’s attorney, John Berlinski of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, said in a statement: “It’s no secret that Disney films like Black widow straight to Disney + to get more subscribers and thereby increase the company’s share price – and that it is hiding behind COVID-19 as a pretext. But ignoring the contracts of the artists responsible for the success of their films in order to promote this short-sighted strategy violates their rights and we look forward to proving it in court. This will certainly not be the last case in which Hollywood talents stand up against Disney and make it clear that whatever the company claims, it is legally obliged to honor its contracts. “
CAA agent Bryan Lourd also fired back on Johannsson’s behalf. publish a statement this is partly: “Scarlett was Disney’s partner in nine films that grossed billions for Disney and its shareholders. The company included her salary in its press release in an attempt to turn her success as an artist and business woman into a weapon, as if to be ashamed of it. Scarlett is extremely proud of the work she and all of the actors, writers, directors, producers and the Marvel creative team have been involved in for well over a decade. ”
Disney needs to forestall actors who feel disadvantaged by losing the box office or even feeling like their contracts have been broken thanks to day and date releases.
Former Hollywood Reporter editor Matt Belloni picked up on this idea in his exclusive newsletter What i hear … and said Emma Stone could take the same legal action as Johansson. He wrote, “Emma Stone, Star of CruellaLet her weigh her options, “and went on to discuss how other actors and actresses might express themselves within Disney productions.
This is Hollywood’s latest hit as Warner Bros. started back with the December 2020 release of. faced a similar situation Wonder Woman: 1984 on HBO Max as well as in theaters, and with his entire move to HBO Max as well as in theaters. The impact of these lawsuits will certainly change the way these contracts are negotiated in the future.
We will keep an eye on developments.