Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over streaming of Black Widow.
Written by crest887fm on July 30, 2021
Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney for breach of contract for streaming her film Black Widow at the same time as its cinema release.
The superhero film set a box office record for the Covid-19 pandemic when it came out this month, grossing $218m (£157m) on its first weekend.
But box office receipts then fell sharply and Ms Johansson argues she was deprived of potential earnings.
Ms Johansson says she was promised by Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, that Black Widow would be a “theatrical release”.
Before the pandemic Hollywood film fans would typically have to watch new releases at the cinema or wait three months to have them streamed to their devices.
However, major studios have recently been mixing cinema releases and streaming in different ways as cinemas battle to win back viewers wary of catching the virus in confined spaces
Meanwhile, Disney is yet to comment on the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles..