Avengers co-director Joe Russo points to tension in the film industry over the now settled lawsuit between Scarlett Johansson and Disney
- Russo said he was ‘glad the lawsuit has been resolved’ in the conflict
- The director said the settlement is ‘an indication of a significant change that has taken place’
- The lawsuit between the actress and the studio was settled last month
- Johansson filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court in July over the business agreement
Filmmaker Joe Russo pointed to “a lot of tension” in the entertainment industry when he commented on the now settled lawsuit between Scarlett Johansson and Disney over the film Black Widow.
“There’s a lot of tension, just like in a lot of industries, because there’s a lot of disruption,” said Russo, the co-director of Avengers films like Endgame and Infinity War. Variety Thursday. “People’s nerves fray and it’s hard to predict what’s going to happen or where something’s going to go.”
“I’m glad the lawsuit has been resolved. I think it was an indication of a significant change that is underway. The resolution speaks volumes about the respect for artists who are moving forward in this changing landscape.’
The latest: Filmmaker Joe Russo, 50, pointed to “a lot of tension” in the entertainment industry when he commented on the now-settled lawsuit between Scarlett Johansson, 36, and Disney over the movie Black Widow
The lawsuit between the actress and the studio was settled last month after Johansson filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles District Court in July, stating that her contract for the Marvel Studios film stipulated that the film would initially only be available in theaters. would be released; and that Disney had violated it by releasing it in both theaters and on Disney+ for $30 in rents.
Before the lawsuit is settled, a report from The Wall Street Journal indicated that Joe and his brother Anthony were at an impasse during negotiations for their upcoming Marvel movie, pending further definition of their compensation.
Asked about the report, Russo said that “it would be inappropriate for us to comment on a deal when we were in the middle of it.”
Russo told the outlet he feels “companies are currently in a panic” amid massive changes in the field.
Details: Russo, pictured with brother Anthony in NYC in 2019, said while he doesn’t think the movie model is finished, it has changed with the rise of streaming services amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Johansson’s lawsuit was settled last month, with both sides issuing a joint statement making it clear that they would continue to work on projects together. The A-list actress was caught in LA last year
“I think half the studios will disappear in the next five to ten years, and the game has changed drastically,” he said. “There are content producers that can outshine any studio, and it’s just a rounding error for them, because they’re $1 trillion companies. We’ve never seen that in the profession.’
Russo said that while he doesn’t think the movie model is finished, it has changed with the rise of streaming services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I don’t see a revival of independent films in the cinema in the future,” he said. ‘I just don’t. You get more money to make them digital. Less headache. The easiest thing for Netflix to do is green-light a smaller movie.
Joe and brother Anthony were photographed at the 2019 Avengers: Endgame premiere
“What I’ve found, and what many other filmmakers have found, is that nobody really bothers you. That is an incredible experience to be part of.’
The lawsuit was settled last month, with both sides issuing a joint statement clarifying that they would continue to work on projects together.
Disney Studios Content chairman Alan Bergman said in the settlement he was “glad that we were able to come to a mutual agreement.”
He said of Johansson, “We appreciate her contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on some upcoming projects.”