If you’re an avid TV or Film watcher, you’ll most likely be aware of the delays in the industry due to strike action.
For those who don’t know, this is the current situation:
SAG-AFTRA are currently on strike, bringing Hollywood to a standstill for the first time in over 60 years. It all started when writers went on strike, but now actors and producers are joining the picket line.
The main reason for the strike is equal pay. While production companies are seeing significant profits from films and shows, actors and writers are getting paid the bare minimum for their work. The strike demands an equal division of profits – which we can all agree should be happening as standard.
So, here’s a list of films and shows that are currently on hold due to the strike:
Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning: Part Two
Part One came out this past weekend, and while it was expected that the cast would finish up advertisements and promotion before starting to film Part Two, it’s now expected to be delayed.
A film that most of us have been waiting to watch for the past three decades. Sadly, it’s been caught up in the strike – but it’s something to continue looking forward to! It just might be released in September 2025 instead of 2024…
Lilo & Stitch
Production started and was then halted. Honestly, for the better – because Stitch was looking… wrong. But in all seriousness, this is a film that I’m looking forward to – if they fix it. It’ll come back into play once the strike is over.
Hardy and Marcel are both part of the strikes, so this is halted until further notice.
The Last of Us – Season Two
The studio quickly announced the second season after season one’s success, but they didn’t get the script in time. Now, production is aimed for 2024, with a release in 2025.
Stranger Things – Season Five
The fifth and final season of Stranger Things has no script – which genuinely doesn’t make much sense. Considering Stranger Things’ success in the past three seasons, it was almost guaranteed for season four to get the same reception. So, why didn’t they get the scripts ordered? Maybe because Netflix has a fun time cancelling well-written, successful shows… Most, if not all, American production companies were aware of the inevitable strikes – so do with this as you will.
Filming started in May, but as Actors have joined the picket line… Production has halted. This is a film that Disney had already commissioned the scripts for, specifically getting them done before this year to avoid the strike. But, thankfully – the actors had other ideas.
While the script has been written, as far as I can see, and production is ready to go – it’s been postponed due to the strike, not due to striking individuals but out of solidarity – which is brilliant. Disney’s going to hurt.
House of the Dragon – Season Two
This is a show most think will be unaffected since most of its cast is British. But that is where you’re wrong. Hollywood, Amazon, Netflix, etc. – all have one thing in common – being international. At this moment in time, the British Actors’ Equity Association is currently stating that they will not be striking. But, with the amount of backlash British productions are getting from the world – I suspect this might change.
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