Scarlett Johansson demanded $100 million from Walt Disney
The Black Widow actress Scarlett Johansson demanded $100 million from Walt Disney in her lawsuit
Recently, Walt Disney released Scarlett Johansson’s new movie “Black Widow” and Emma Stone’s “Cruella” on the OTT platform. Initially, the movies were planned to be rolled out in theatres but owing to the COVID pandemic they moved towards a simultaneous digital release. The actress says that she lost bonuses up to $50 million as the film did not release solely in theatres.
Now it is being revealed that actress Scarlett Johansson’s team filing for a lawsuit on Walt Disney, has claimed $100 million as the starting bid. While some Hollywood reports say that Emma Stone received an 8-digit payment from the studio and has also signed the sequel of Cruella, the production house still refuses to meet Johansson’s bid. The actress’ lawyers came to the movie studio asking for a compensation of $80 million to make up for the shift to digital platforms. Her team has estimated that her movie would have made $1.2 billion at the box office in pre-covid times.
The messy lawsuit
According to Wall Street Journal, the Avenger actor has also decided to sue Disney over the alleged Black Widow contract breach after Disney and Marvel were not responding to her negotiations. To this, Disney has responded that they had fully complied with Scarlet’s contract and the release of Black Widow on the OTT has actually enhanced the star’s ability to earn additional compensation over $20 M received by her as the starting salary.
The recent reports from WSJ have revealed that the main problem behind this issue is that Disney CEO Bob Chapek gave the negotiating power to those below him saying that he is busy. But this didn’t work out as Disney movie bosses- Alan Bergman and Kareem Daniel did not return Scarlett’s calls or emails.
In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Benedict Cumberbatch has also called this suit as “a bit of mess”