Disney CEO slams Scarlett Johansson amid her lawsuit over the 'Black Widow' earnings

Disney CEO slams Scarlett Johansson amid her lawsuit over the 'Black Widow' earnings

The actress filed a lawsuit against the company earlier this year. 

Bob Chapek, the CEO of Disney, is addressing the future of the company amid Scarlett Johansson's recent lawsuit over the simultaneous release of Black Widow in theaters and streaming, which the actress alleges violated her contract.

Scarlett Johansson in 'Black Widow'

"Certainly the world is changing and the talent deals going forward will have to reflect the fact that the world is changing", Chapek said at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, according to Deadline. "We're in a moment of time where films were envisioned under one understanding about what the world would be because frankly, it hadn't changed much."

Without directly naming Johansson, Chapek explained that film deals "made three or four years ago" were "cut three or four years ago."

"Then they get launched in the middle of a global pandemic where that pandemic itself is accelerating a second dynamic, which is this changing consumer behavior", he reportedly said. "So we're sort of putting a square peg in a round hole right now where we've got a deal conceived under a certain set of conditions, that actually results in a movie that is being released in a completely different set of conditions."

Chapek also said that, when approaching "future talent deals", Disney will take into consideration the moviegoing experience.

"But right now we have this sort of middle position where we're trying to do right by talent, I think the talent is trying to do right by us, and we're just figuring out our way to bridge the gap", he added. "Ultimately we believe our talent is our most important asset, and we'll continue to believe that, and as we always have, we'll compensate them fairly per the terms of the contract that they agreed to us with."

Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney in July over the earnings of Black Widow. According to her, her contract stated that she was entitled to the Marvel film being released only theatrically as her salary was largely based on how well it did at the box office.

Thus, releasing the film on both streaming and theaters caused Johansson to lose a considerable amount of money. At the time, Disney fired back by calling the lawsuit "sad and distressing" in a statement. 

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