Scarlett Johansson, the star of Marvel’s superhero film “Black Widow,” sued Walt Disney Co. on Thursday, claiming the company violated its contract when it released the film on a streaming platform. at the same time that the film was beginning to be shown in cinemas.
The dual-broadcast strategy reduced the actress ’fees, as stated in the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles High Court.
The “Black Widow” hit theaters on July 9 and charges $ 30 for a Disney + broadcast.
Disney tested a double screening plan for some films during the coronavirus pandemic, as the company tries to increase its service to the Internet video platform.
Johansson claims in the lawsuit that Disney wanted to direct the audience to Disney +, “where it could keep revenue to itself by increasing the Disney + subscriber base, which is a proven way to increase the price of Disney + shares.” Disney, ”he explains. .
“Second, Disney wanted to significantly devalue Ms. Johansson’s deal and thus make money,” the lawsuit says.
The film “Black Widow” set a record for theaters during the coronavirus pandemic, earning $ 218 million the first weekend of screenings.