Emma Stone and Emily Blunt are reportedly considering suing Disney for streaming their movies at the same time as the cinema release.
As it stands, Stone, 32, who was the star of Cruella – Disney’s live-action prequel to the events of the iconic 101 Dalmations – and Blunt, 38, who starred in the production company’s Jungle Cruise – based on its famous theme park ride – are said to be considering their options, according to Matt Belloni, the former editor of the Hollywood Reporter.
THIS is what it’s all about. It wasn’t necessarily about the money or anything like that, but the fact that Disney breached contracts. Scarlett stepped up to the plate and paved the way for others to follow suit. Emma Stone and now possibly Emily Blunt are looking to do the same https://t.co/bvcjR2ANvb
— Best of Scarlett Johansson (@BestfScarlett) July 30, 2021
The news comes as Johansson, 36, – who was the star of Marvel’s Black Widow – filed a bombshell lawsuit against the media conglomerate on Thursday over accusations that she lost $50 million after the film was released on Disney+ at the same time as its cinema debut.
Johansson claimed that she was guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release, and that part of her pay was to come from the box office sales.
Typically, movies are released on streaming services 90 days after they debut in cinemas, allowing plenty of time for the money to fly in.
ScarJo,Emma Stone and Emily Blunt on their way to sue Disney pic.twitter.com/gzqcpmexFa
— fitz💫is waiting for RED(tv) (@BUCK_13x) July 30, 2021
But, with the lockdown restrictions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, many studios had to resort to releasing their upcoming films on streaming services only.
Despite the majority of cinemas now re-open, studios such as Disney and Warner Bros. have decided to continue a dual-release strategy to maximise viewing numbers.
Warner Bros. is expected to continue with this strategy until next year, while it is unknown when Disney will stop.
In his blog, Belloni writes: ‘There is an unusually high amount of cheering going on today in the talent community, which indicates these issues aren’t going away anytime soon. Disney is notoriously difficult to deal with, and has become even more so under [Disney CEO Bob] Chapek.”
“scarlett johansson is suing disney” “emma stone might sue disney” “EMILY BLUNT MIGHT SUE DISNEY” pic.twitter.com/3fk0YvMVAS
— what if…? era 𖤍 (@mcugoldblum) July 30, 2021
Speaking to Variety, one talent agency, who has not been named, said: “A lot of other actors are cheering for Scarlett and rooting her on.
“She has a lot of power and that makes this a visible conversation that puts Disney on the spot. By doing all of this in public, she might be able to change the rulebook.”
An industry veteran, who has also remained anonymous, added: “Something has gone wrong.
“I just find it absolutely stunning and amazing that they didn’t resolve this short of her suing. Disney does not want to get in a fight with Scarlett Johansson.”
RUMOR: After Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone and Emily Blunt are considering taking action against Disney for streaming Cruella and Jungle Cruise during their theatrical release. If true, these disputes could eventually be considered landmark cases in the age of streaming. pic.twitter.com/hqr78NiiKH
— Price of Reason (@priceoreason) July 30, 2021
While much of Hollywood is in support of Johansson, Dave Bautista, 52, who plays Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy, appeared to be mocking Disney for choosing to make a Black Widow movie.
In a recent tweet, he wrote: “Told em they should’ve made a #Drax movie but noooooo!”
Alongside the tweet, was a link to a report about the lawsuit.
It is unknown whether the former WWE star was joking or not.
Disney has slammed Johansson for filing the lawsuit, which it claims has “no merit whatsoever.”
The company also disclosed her salaries for the last two Marvel movies that she appeared in.
Legally Blonde 3 but it’s Elle Woods suing Disney on behalf of Scarlett Johansson, Emily Blunt, and Emma Stone
— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) July 30, 2021
An official statement read: ‘The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,’ the company said, adding her $20million fee for this film and $15million fee Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
“Disney has fully complied with Ms. Johansson’s contract.
“Furthermore, the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20M she has received to date.”
Bryan Lourd, co-chairman of the Creative Artists Agency, who represents Johansson, hit back at Disney.
He said: “Disney’s direct attack on her character and all else they implied is beneath the company that many of us in the creative community have worked with successfully for decades.”
Emma Stone, Emily Blunt, and Scar Jo’s lawyer to Disney in court: pic.twitter.com/4wty2wAhTV
— Steven Turner (@StevenTphoto92) July 30, 2021
He continued: “This suit was filed as a result of Disney’s decision to knowingly violate Scarlett’s contract.
“They have very deliberately moved the revenue stream and profits to the Disney+ side of the company leaving artistic and financial partners out of their new equation. That’s it, pure and simple.”
While Black Widow smashed a pandemic record, bringing in a whopping $218 million over opening weekend, it was short-lived, as ticket sales plummeted by 67% in the following weeks.
It is now set to become one of the lowest-grossing Marvel films in history.
bruh, scarlett johansson sues disney, than emma stone, who’s next emily blunt. these women know their worth … and ain’t messing around anymore lol. pic.twitter.com/UGf8BdcoLN
— Johnny (@ItsJohnny05) July 30, 2021
What are your thoughts on this?