Writers' Strike Coming Sooner Than Expected? Bad News For Justice League!

Scribes' walkout could impact dozens of films in development.

Maybe we won't be seeing Justice League of America in the summer of 2009 after all. Matter of fact, a whole slew of movies might be missing their release targets -- including Wolverine, G.I. Joe, The Wolf Man, The Soloist, and the Night at the Museum sequel.

The culprit? Yes, you guessed it, it's that pesky strike stuff again. After looming in the distance for months, strike season is approaching -- and might actually be coming sooner than we'd expected. If you haven't been following the drama, here's what's happening: The studios' contracts with the actors' and directors' guilds expire next June, while the writers' contracts expire at the end of this month. While many had assumed the industry would be facing one big strike next year, it now looks as if the writers will stage their own walkout first.

According to a report published by The New York Times over the weekend, this could affect something like 75 percent of "the almost 150 feature films that are candidates for production by early next year," including Justice League and Another Night, both of which "appear not to have final scripts." From the article:

Barbara Brogliatti, a spokeswoman for the producers' alliance, said the studios had never assumed writers would keep working after the expiration of their contract. "Every studio and every network has contingency plans," she said, and those plans "assume there could be a walkout on Oct. 31."

The studios are still refusing official comment, but all the signs seem to indicate we're going to suffer through some kind of work stoppage before this is over. As the article notes, the entertainment industry's last major strike was the five-month writers' walkout in 1988 -- and those of us who are old enough to remember it might still be nursing a grudge for the havoc it wreaked on television shows such as Moonlighting.

Source: The New York Times

Comments

DanielLee8793

Daniel Lee

thats shady.

Oct 1 - 06:38 AM

skletonkee

Nicholas Hatten

agreed...the executives running the big corporations are reeking massive pay bonuses after pay bonuses...its about time writers (the initial creative force beyond all films) get more of that big piece of pie.

well done DanielLee8793 for pointing out the injustice.

Oct 1 - 08:15 PM

dracus

Cap Nord

What? No Justice League ...G.I.Joe...Night at the Museum next year? And that's bad because? Damn I was really hoping to see Speed Racer on that list! I'm at a loss though as to how much original writing could be involved in these cookie cutter movies anyway.

Oct 1 - 06:39 AM

crudebob

Brendan Sanchez

You meant to say that they actually pay someone to write that ****? Huh, just goes to show that you learn something new everyday.

Oct 1 - 06:43 AM

crystalwhiteeyes

Tommy Savor

"studios had never assumed writers would keep working after the expiration of their contract."

uhhh, duh!! What writer(s) wants to work for free?? Even if they're terrible, everybody wants a paycheck. I'm sure these so called "Studios" will find more writers to get ahold of. If not, delaying these projects will cost them money. I'm sure that will go over real well. These "Studios" need to get there brains in check.

Oct 1 - 07:00 AM

Eldorado

Eldorado shwankers

Where did it say they weren't going to pay them after the contract expires? All that means is they would be working without *contract*, not pay..

Way to create ***** for the sake of creating *****..

Oct 1 - 08:45 AM

crystalwhiteeyes

Tommy Savor

Where did it say they were going to pay?? Your reading too far into it, instead of what has been said. And why would writers put on a strike if they were getting paid? They're going to strike because of a contract dispute yet they are still being paid in full? Read an article word for word, and stop adding your own words into the mix by assuming. Way to create **** yourself when it didn't need to be. I'm just going by what was said in the article.

Oct 1 - 10:51 AM

witherwings

Jamie Lynn

I hope those movies never get made. Strike, strike.

Oct 1 - 07:39 AM

Holly Jolly

Holly Jolly

Maybe the studios will be forced to pull up some stored scripts and discover they carry original ideas! Probably not.

Oct 1 - 08:28 AM

Eldorado

Eldorado shwankers

Where did it say they weren't going to pay them after the contract expires? All that means is they would be working without *contract*, not pay..

Way to create ***** for the sake of creating *****..

Oct 1 - 08:45 AM

crystalwhiteeyes

Tommy Savor

Where did it say they were going to pay?? Your reading too far into it, instead of what has been said. And why would writers put on a strike if they were getting paid? They're going to strike because of a contract dispute yet they are still being paid in full? Read an article word for word, and stop adding your own words into the mix by assuming. Way to create **** yourself when it didn't need to be. I'm just going by what was said in the article.

Oct 1 - 10:51 AM

I Am Remote

Robert Pilkington

it's a weird system over there. you would think with the dip in movie attendence and the general "why is everything a remake or sequel?" fatigue that everyone is experiencing, the writers in hollywood would gain a little more clout, but they're still at the bottom of the food chain. Doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I think they should strike. See what happens.

Oct 1 - 09:20 AM

h-town24

frank ford

You people people are losers!

Oct 1 - 10:22 AM

twinsfan2715

Tom Bidinger

h-town, you know you called them losers, but you wrote people twice consecutively. i just thought that was funny

Oct 1 - 06:05 PM

arendr

Arend Anton

Here's an idea: Pay them what they deserve! And give them more respect!

What a novel concept...

Oct 1 - 10:28 AM

Myriada

Wendy Bartle

It just kind of amuses me that everyone keeps talking about these strikes as if they are a foregone conclusion, when in fact shouldn't everyone's attention be focused on preventing them? Just a thought...

Oct 1 - 10:29 AM

Elixor

Daniel Klooster

I'm surprised to hear that the writer's guild isn't already on strike given all the rehashed and un-original movies I see.

Are we sure that these studios don't just have some computer scrambling all the screenplays of movies before 2000 into screenplays for new movies? Maybe that's their backup plan.

Oct 1 - 10:33 AM

crystalwhiteeyes

Tommy Savor

Where did it say they were going to pay?? Your reading too far into it, instead of what has been said. And why would writers put on a strike if they were getting paid? They're going to strike because of a contract dispute yet they are still being paid in full? Read an article word for word, and stop adding your own words into the mix by assuming. Way to create **** yourself when it didn't need to be. I'm just going by what was said in the article.

Oct 1 - 10:51 AM

dahluzz

joe shmo

the writers are being babies about some of this. they don't want films to bear the tag "A (insert director's name) Film." Sorry, but once you sell your script and the director helms the entire project, it's kind of not yours any more. While writing and directing are both integral to a film, the director is ultimately the person that will be held most responsible for the final product.

Oct 1 - 11:26 AM

Product_of_You

Steven Edwards

I couldn't disagree more. While the director's vision is the one on camera nothing would have ever existed without the writer. I don't think writer's get enough credit, and I personally hate to see a film saying "a ____ film" whenever that person didn't write it.

Oct 1 - 04:03 PM

Scorpio82

Chris Ushko

I call BS on the writers' plight. They've been in the industry so long that they have no bloody idea how lucky they are to even have work writing these movies. I'm pretty sure they've been making at least twice as much money as I am, so how do I swoop in and steal their jobs?

Just fire them all. Bring in new blood. There's millions of good writers waiting for their big break who'll gladly work for less and may even write better movies.

Oct 1 - 11:32 AM

arendr

Arend Anton

Bring in new blood? Why, so the studios can take advantage of the new people instead? Writer's get the least respect in Hollywood, yet you can't make a movie without a script (although a couple directors might challenge that statement).

Or do you not get the point of a union?

Oct 1 - 12:36 PM

Scorpio82

Chris Ushko

Yes, arendr, bring in new blood so they can get taken advantage of. I'm sure they'd prefer it to working night shifts in convenience stores. And when they get pissy and moany about being taken advantage of, they can just get kicked back onto the streets and switched in for other people. Basically, the idea is to filter out anyone who isn't committed to their job. This will ensure a faster, more productive pipeline steaming with fresh new ideas and potentially better movies.

Writers are amongst some of the first to get their names in the credits. They have to expect to play second fiddle to the producer, director, and actors since those are the people the public will see in the media more often.

Oct 2 - 12:25 PM

arendr

Arend Anton

Bring in new blood? Why, so the studios can take advantage of the new people instead? Writer's get the least respect in Hollywood, yet you can't make a movie without a script (although a couple directors might challenge that statement).

Or do you not get the point of a union?

Oct 1 - 12:36 PM

Scorpio82

Chris Ushko

Yes, arendr, bring in new blood so they can get taken advantage of. I'm sure they'd prefer it to working night shifts in convenience stores. And when they get pissy and moany about being taken advantage of, they can just get kicked back onto the streets and switched in for other people. Basically, the idea is to filter out anyone who isn't committed to their job. This will ensure a faster, more productive pipeline steaming with fresh new ideas and potentially better movies.

Writers are amongst some of the first to get their names in the credits. They have to expect to play second fiddle to the producer, director, and actors since those are the people the public will see in the media more often.

Oct 2 - 12:25 PM

YouAreAllCommunists

Thomas Kirk

Bad news for Justice League is good news for humanity.

Oct 1 - 01:04 PM

AmazingAndrex

Andrew Rabon

Agreed, commie.

Oct 1 - 04:36 PM

ilovemygoatee

Trent Wood

You are one brilliant person Justice League should die right now

Oct 1 - 10:00 PM

bobbquackenbush

Walter Holt

If a high tech special effects movie doesn't have the script and principle shooting done yet it would be better not to make the mvie at all, if it is to be released in 2009. Enough with the junk films already.

Oct 1 - 02:56 PM

Product_of_You

Steven Edwards

I couldn't disagree more. While the director's vision is the one on camera nothing would have ever existed without the writer. I don't think writer's get enough credit, and I personally hate to see a film saying "a ____ film" whenever that person didn't write it.

Oct 1 - 04:03 PM

AmazingAndrex

Andrew Rabon

Agreed, commie.

Oct 1 - 04:36 PM

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