Jul 29, 2021

Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over streaming of Black Widow

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. Ms Johansson says she was promised by Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, that Black Widow would be a "Theatrical release", and that she had understood this to mean a traditional "Window" of time would pass before it would be streamed. 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. 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. Warner Bros will release The Suicide Squad both in cinemas and on HBO Max next month.

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