The ongoing strike, which sees screenwriters taking industrial action for a fairer deal from studios, is starting to have more of an impact on movies and TV shows.
Most of the major networks have indicated that they plan to change their fall schedules to favor reality, other unscripted series and reruns due to the lack of new scripts. Much of their scripted production has been moved to mid-season, and more changes are on the way. In the most recent strike, in 2007-2008, American screens saw a rebound era of reality TV, which didn’t need unionized writers.
Even Marvel isn’t immune to delays and issues with its shows and movies. The company recently took a hiatus from “Daredevil: Born Again,” which had been in the midst of a lengthy shoot in New York, while “Wonder Man” also closed. And he faced another delay on “Blade,” which had already had its share of problems, including a director change and script rewrites. But without authorized script work, production will have to wait.
‘Blade’ isn’t the only movie facing delays – according to Deadline, the company’s anti-hero adventure ‘Thunderbolts’, which was supposed to start filming in Atlanta in three weeks, is also closing until an agreement is reached and the strike ends.
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Who is in the Thunderbolts movie?
We know (most) the characters who will be there since they were announced last year during Disney’s D23: Bucky Barnes (ex The Winter Soldier), played by Sebastian Stan, is a key character in the alongside Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, Kurylenko’s Olga Antonia Dreykov/Taskmaster, and David Harbour’s Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, all three of whom were introduced in “Black Widow.”
Then there’s John Walker, AKA US Agent, played by Wyatt Russell and first seen in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and Hannah John-Kamen’s Ava Starr, the phase character known as Ghost. , who debuted in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” ‘.
As for those overseeing the team, we have Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, aka Val, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who was also introduced in the “Falcon” series and has since popped up in the likes of “Black Widow” and “Black”. Panther: Wakanda Forever.” We also have Thaddeus Ross, last seen in “Black Widow” and starring since William Hurt’s “The Incredible Hulk.” had to recast the role, bringing in genre icon Harrison Ford to take over Ross would be the current Marvel Cinematic Universe U.S. President (at least in “Captain America: New World Order”), which will likely be taken into account.
And more recently, we learned that The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun and The Bear’s Ayo Edebiri are also on board in mysterious roles.
Jake Schreier is on board to direct, with collaborator “Beef” Lee Sung Jin the final writer.
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Marvel is far from the only company whose projects are experiencing delays. Lionsgate has halted work on Aziz Ansari’s new film, “Good Fortune,” which has Keanu Reeves and Seth Rogen in its cast. It’s the latest blow to Ansari’s directorial career, which saw previous effort ‘Mortal Being’ curtailed following allegations of inappropriate behavior by star Bill Murray.
Amazon’s Prime Video was set to begin filming on “Blade Runner 2099,” the live-action sequel series to the original 1982 film and 2017 sequel “Blade Runner 2049.”
The series was due to shoot in Northern Ireland, but the strike means it has also been delayed.
Here’s what the country film had to say about it:
“Northern Ireland Screen is extremely disappointed that ‘Blade Runner 2099′ is not happening at the moment due to the ongoing writers’ strike. The project has been preparing on the ground in Belfast for several months now. The WGA strike has halted production worldwide and we hope a fair deal will be reached soon so the crew can get back to work.
If the delay is significant, he’s likely to postpone the show’s production until next spring, a significant postponement. Silka Luisa, showrunner of Apple TV+’s “Shining Girls,” writes and produces “Blade Runner 2099,” which comes from Alcon Entertainment and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions (Scott, of course, directed the original film and has been involved in the franchise ever since).
Around the world, we know the likes of ‘Stranger Things’, ‘Cobra Kai’, ‘The Last of Us’, ‘Loot’ and ‘Abbott Elementary’ are some of the big shows seeing impact, but while Those coming later, viewers are already seeing the impact, as late-night shows, such as those hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, are on indefinite hiatus and “Saturday Night Live” has cut its season short.
As mentioned, it will be some time before we see the full fallout from the strike, as some shows, including “House of the Dragon” and “Good Omens,” have second seasons that ended before the strike began.
Some companies and networks — especially the CW, though that appears to have been its policy even before the strike — are turning to shows produced outside the United States to fill in the gaps and help retain viewers.
And there will be a full movie schedule for at least next year and probably well into 2024, as many productions were at least finished or in post-production.
It’s also a problem for companies looking to promote their work, whether for upcoming releases or (in the case of TV shows) awards, as talent skips interviews and solidarity events with the writers.
Finally, there are more problems for studios on the horizon as the Directors Guild and SAG-AFTRA, which represents actors, have yet to work out their contracts and their members have already shown their support for their creative colleagues on the strike lines.