July 29th, 2021
IndieWire, Yahoo! Finance, TheWrap
In the latest example of how COVID-19 has dramatically altered the landscape of the entertainment industry, actress Scarlett Johansson has filed suit against Disney, alleging that the studio broke its contract with her (and drastically reduced her earnings potential) by releasing the Marvel Cinematic Universe film “Black Widow” on the Disney+ streaming platform the same day as it premiered in theaters.
Devin McRae spoke to several prominent media outlets about the lawsuit, shedding light on why Johansson’s case may have real merit and why it’s likely not going to be the only such suit of its kind. “It appears that she’s got a strong case of liability and the only kind of issue really appears to be her ability to prove damages,” Devin told TheWrap and IndieWire. Upon examining the details of the suit, including the existence of correspondence between Marvel and Johansson promising that the film would be widely theatrically released, Devin commented to Yahoo! Finance that the circumstances make Marvel look “pretty bad.”
“I think that we will see an immediate change in new deals,” remarked Devin. He continued to explain that moving forward, talent and producer contracts may be renegotiated to reflect hybrid release plans and to “work in protections for decisions like this.”
For more of Devin’s insight on the bombshell suit, read the articles below.
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