tv echo October 6, 2021 Share October 6, 2021 (edited) Shang-Chi Box Office Reportedly Factored Into Black Widow Lawsuit Settlement BY SANDY SCHAEFER October 4, 2021https://www.cbr.com/shang-chi-box-office-black-widow-lawsuit/ Quote ... According to Puck News, John Berlinski, Johansson’s lawyer, pushed for information regarding the financials of the previous four Avengers movies (all of which Johansson starred in) and Disney+, which Disney resisted. The studio's position was weakened when Shang-Chi grossed $94.7 million in its first four days of release, shattering the all-time Labor Day weekend box office record while surpassing Black Widow's opening in July. "The difference? Shang-Chi was a theatrical exclusive," as Puck News put it. This placed added pressure on Disney to agree to the "key deal terms" of Johansson's lawsuit, which Disney CEO Bob Chapek was relatively quick to approve. Disney and Johansson later announced they had settled their lawsuit on Sept. 30. Scarlett Johansson's Tower of Terror Role Tied to Black Widow Settlement BY SANDY SCHAEFER October 5, 2021https://www.cbr.com/scarlett-johansson-tower-of-terror-tied-to-black-widow-settlement/ Quote In its breakdown of the settlement, Puck News wrote that Disney Studios chairman Alan Bergman "knew that if he was gonna pay Johansson a chunk of her lost box office bonuses, he should roll the money into a deal for another Disney movie." This is allegedly why Bergman name-dropped Tower of Terror in his statement announcing that Disney and Johansson had come to terms over their legal dispute. Disney's Tower of Terror movie was only announced a month before Johansson filed her lawsuit over Black Widow's hybrid release. The A-lister is attached to produce and potentially star in the film, which is being written by Toy Story 4 co-writer/helmer Josh Cooley but has yet to lock down a director. Based on Puck News' report, Johansson is all the more likely to headline Tower of Terror now, assuming the movie receives a green light to start production. Edited October 6, 2021 by tv echo Link to comment
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