Monday, November 19, 2007

WGA strike = Bad news for some major movies.

The Hollywood Reporter ran a detailed report on which films are currently being affected by the writer's strike.

So was your most anticipated film affected? Check out the list below to find out:

- Angels and Demons (the sequel to The Da Vinci Code) - apparently, while the cast has signed on, and locations all over Europe have been secured, Akiva Goldsman never finished his script before the strike began.

- Edwin A. Salt - the spy thriller which was to star Tom Cruise was previously halted when director Terry George left the project. George was replaced by Michael Mann, which is great news - if the Collateral director hadn't demanded a re-write.

- Justice League of America - a script was finished, but not a shooting script. Apparently, the options the studio has on all the young actors who tried out for the roles of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the like could run out before the issue is resolved.

- Bruno - Sacha Baron Cohen's next comedy had a complete script, but like Borat, Cohen had continued to work with a core of writers who would continue to pump out jokes and material throughout production.

They go on to list several films which will go into production despite a strike. They include G.I. Joe, the Witch Mountain remake, and some Adam Sandler flick called Bedtime Stores. Upon viewing this list, it's obvious that having a camera-ready screenplay is the least of their concerns - especially for the Sandler film, I'm sure.

But there's one quote in the article from an unnamed producer that troubles me to no end:

One producer said he would step in and fix his movie's script himself if the situation doesn't get resolved soon.
"If the writers are still on strike, and worse come to worse, I will write and fix it. Hopefully it won't come to that, but my livelihood depends on it," the producer said.

See, this is what I've been worrying about the most since the Writer's Strike became a reality. If producers move on with films that don't have completed screenplays, or worse, try to complete the scripts themselves, we are going to be sitting through a lot of terrible movies. What's ironic is that 80% of this strike is driven by concerns on the TV end of the WGA equation.

The word is that talks have resumed between writers and producers. Let's just hop they listen to each other and get this thing worked out by Christmas. Otherwise, we could get to the point where I might stop having news to talk about on the air.


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