In another example of how the Writer's Guild strike is affecting writers who wear other hats in a production, Writer-Director Neil Gaiman is unable to proceed with filming for Death: The High Cost of Living, based on the graphic novel he wrote of the same name. In an interview with CHUD.com, Gaiman reveals that the strike by the WGA is preventing him from moving forward with the project.
Gaiman had been seen on the set of Hellboy II: The Golden Army, where he was working with and observing Guillermo del Toro (who is producing Death: The High Cost of Living) to see how a director works. It was believed by many that production on Death: The High Cost of Living would begin shortly after that visit. However, when asked about the status of the film, Gaiman answered "Right now, we're on strike."
Gaiman further explained why he felt he needed to do a re-write before filming could begin:
I was looking forward to rolling up my sleeves post-Guillermo, but I realized one of the things about the draft is that it has some scenes I don't want to shoot. And I thought, "I should fix that. I should rewrite them into scenes I want to shoot. And I can." I would watch the way Guillermo would tailor material towards himself as a director, and it was like how I would tailor things for an artist. I would give them things they like to draw and they're good at drawing, and that will make you look good. I thought I should actually do that with this script and me as a director, which I wasn't doing. I was writing it for a hypothetical director, and now I need to do a me as director draft. That's really the next thing that has to happen. But that's just personally. We'll see. There are lots of things happening on Death, but they all seem to be contingent on each other and there's nothing I would feel comfortable talking about for fear of jinxing everything."
Death: The High Cost of Living tells the story of the personification of Death who takes human form one day out of each century. In the comics, Death takes the form of a perky young goth girl.