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:
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.