After plans for Black Widow’s release changed, Scarlett Johansson’s team asked Disney to negotiate a new deal that included a $ 100 million payout . Disney did not pursue the dialogue, however, and the actress eventually sued the company. This is what a new report from the Wall Street Journal.
According to what has been reported, the calculation of the payment was made starting from a hypothetical figure of 1.2 billion dollars in box office earnings, a value calculated on the basis of the publications of the pre-covid 19 Marvel films. 20 million starting salary of the actress; finally reaching the total value of 100 million dollars.
According to the report, the actress approached Disney with a $ 100 million “starting proposal” after discovering that Black Widow would be released on both Disney Plus’ VIP Access and in theaters. However, it seems that the negotiation has not even started, as Disney has not made a counter-proposal.
At that point, Scarlett Johansson decided to sue Disney for allegedly breaching her contract, which apparently included reassurance about Black Widow’s exclusive theatrical release. According to an email to which the Wall Street Journal had access, Marvel’s Chief Counsel – Dave Galluzzi – would have told the actress’s representatives that there would be a need to re-discuss the terms if the plans were changed “as the agreement went on. based on a series of (large) box office-based bonuses “.
There seems to have been no negotiation as Marvel wasn’t sure who should be in charge of the matter . Disney CEO – Bob Chapek – was focused on pandemic-related issues and passed the power to make deals to others, but Bob Iger (executive chairman of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company) and Alan Horn (creative director of Walt Disney Studios) have stayed away from the dispute. This is as indicated by the report.
Disney then responded to Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit by claiming that she “fully complied with Ms Johansson’s contract” and that posting on Disney Plus VIP Access “actually significantly increased” the actress’s chance of getting “additional compensation beyond to the $ 20 million “starting point.