Scarlett Johansson’s rant against Disney has finally paid off. The studio has decided to change the actors’ future contracts for future films that will be released in theaters and on Disney +.
Disney vs Scarlett Johansson
Last July, Scarlett Johansson made the cinema planet tremble by taking a strong position vis-à-vis from the giant disney. Indeed, the actress of Black widow had decided to sue them for breach of contract. The reason was simple: the actor’s contract stipulated that the film was to be released exclusively in theaters. Gold, Black widow was released simultaneously on Disney + in the United States and other territories. This decision had been made due to the health situation and after signing the contract. His salary is indexed to theaters. Scarlett Johansson, also producer of the film, had every right to file a complaint.
A few days later, Disney reacted in a official press release, refuting what they were accused of:
There is no merit in filing a complaint. The lawsuit is particularly sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific global and prolonged effects of the Covid-19 pandemic (…) Disney has fully honored Ms. Johansson’s contract and, moreover, the release of Black Widow on Disney + with Premier Access has dramatically improved its ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $ 20 million already received to date.
The studio changes its future contracts
But Scarlett Johansson’s decision did well move the lines. We are learning today (via Deadline) that Disney will modify the actors’ future contracts. We imagine that this concerns films that will be released simultaneously in theaters and on Disney +.
Bob Chapek, CEO of Disney, said in a statement:
The world is changing. And the actors’ contracts must reflect this situation.
Before continuing, more in detail :
It’s good to remember that his films were made three or four years ago, as were the deals. And they came out in the midst of a pandemic. And this pandemic has changed consumer habits, and launched a new dynamic. So we are facing a complicated situation, because the contracts were signed long before everything changed (…) but we will change that in the future. We are going to make sure that all this is taken into account in the future contracts of the actors.
Although it was already well underway, the era of streaming platforms has been accelerated with the pandemic. Disney in particular relies heavily on Disney + for its future programs. Indeed, if some films will be released exclusively in theaters, or simultaneously, others will be created especially to be exploited on the platform.
The studio plans to invest a lot of money on its streaming platform. Which led them to directly threaten France and its media chronology. Indeed, French law stipulates that a film released in theaters can only be available in streaming 36 months later. A delay that seems far too long for Disney. The studio is therefore thinking of no longer releasing its films in theaters in our country, in order to be able to put them directly on Disney +.