A possible strike by the Writer's Guild at midnight on October 31st could have repercussions for many upcoming films. The Los Angeles Times has an article discussing the strike and how it could affect X-Men Origins: Wolverine, G.I. Joe, and G-Force among others films in production.
Guild members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if a new contract couldn't be worked out with the studios and networks. The strike could come as early as November 1, though it is possible for the guild to continue negotiating under the existing contract. Writer's Guild general counsel Tony Segall say that many writers and their representation have been calling with questions on how to operate in a strike environment.
"Given what's at stake and the [time] we have left, our writers on every project are working under inhuman amounts of pressure," said Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who is producing G.I. Joe, Paramount Pictures' would-be tent-pole movie for summer 2009, which as of last week hadn't even been officially greenlighted. The G.I. Joe team is expecting a revised script from Stuart Beattie (Collateral) by October 31.
20th Century Fox announced May 1, 2009 as the release date for X-Men Origins: Wolverine just days after it issued an urgent request for a re-write. According to one top agent, almost every studio has at least two films on the schedule that will have trouble meeting the accelerated deadline.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has writers trying to beat the strike deadline for G-Force, though he has decided to wait until the conflict between writers and studios has been resolved before he begins shooting his next juggernaut, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, based on the popular video game.
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