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Marvel Hits Pause On ‘Blade’ Due To Writer’s Strike (Exclusive)


The writers’ strike has taken a bite Sheet.

Marvel Studios is ending pre-production on its vampire thriller starring Mahershala Ali, which was set to begin shooting next month in Atlanta. The feature film project, which has already been suspended once before, will be the first tentpole film to be affected by the strike.

Cast and crew members will be notified this afternoon.

Sheet had recently rented Real detective creator Nic Pizzolatto to work on the script, but according to an insider “time just ran out”. The studio will resume production once the strike is over.

Since the strike action began on Tuesday, the biggest impact has been on talk shows and late-night talk shows Saturday Night Live. One drama series, Showtime’s Billionsproduction shut down Thursday due to picketing.

While some studios have a movie or two in production, Marvel seems to be supporting the industry by planning to shoot three movies at once, not to mention two series. Even with the Sheet closure, it is gearing up for one of the busiest times in the company’s history.

Captain America: New World Order currently filming in Atlanta. tv program Agatha: Covenant of Chaos also shoots in Atlanta while fellow series Wonder man filming in Los Angeles. deadpool 3 is expected to hit cameras in London later this month Lightning strikes coming to Atlanta in June. From now, Lightning strikes is still on schedule.

Fantastic four, which is in the middle of its most-watched casting quest since Marvel hired Tom Holland to play Spider-Man eight years ago, is looking forward to a January 2024 London start date. That could change if the strike continues for six months or more, though sources say that’s unlikely.

But even if the strike only lasts a month or six weeks, there would likely be an impact, with the start dates of more movies being one of the consequences.

“There are a net billion dollars in production costs exposed by the strike. That’s definitely a concern,” says a source involved with Marvel’s current slate of projects regarding projects that are in or about to enter production.

Most big-budget blockbusters are known for having scripts that evolve during production. However, Marvel has a more acute reputation for script pages flying off the typewriters during filming. And the strike marks uncharted territory for the studio, which is used to having a writer on set to rework things at a moment’s notice.

On the $1.92 billion grossed Spider-Man: No Way Home, stars Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s deals were not finalized until around December 2020, more than a month into filming. Writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers spent Christmas reworking the third act with the Spider-Man actors, providing input to the script. On Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), uncredited screenwriter Patrick Burleigh (Eternals) wrote 25 pages a day on set, while director Peyton Reed and Marvel execs including Kevin Feige sat in a room each night reviewing his work.

Studio execs can take solace in the “(a) through (h)” clause of the 2020 WGA agreement, which gives a producer or director some leeway to cut a script ahead of time, “the technical or stage direction,” and especially “coincidental minor adjustments in dialogue or narration prior to or during the period of principal photography.”

As observers point out: No, you can’t create a new third act that suddenly features two new Spider-Men. Yes, you could potentially make enough changes to keep a story on track – if you read that clause generously.

is an urgent concern Captain America, as it is currently shooting. A rival production manager theorized, “(Marvel) will shoot what they can, then wait for the new shots,” which, Marvel’s way, are already baked into the production process.

As for the movies going into production soon, Deadpool3 stands up first.

Star Ryan Reynolds is known for working as a writer on the films he produces and stars in (uncredited, or as in the case of dead pool 2, credited). Under current strike rules, while a non-writer, director, or producer can make minor changes to the script under the (a) through (h) clause, a writer like Reynolds shouldn’t.

That’s certainly a change from the norm during his other times as Deadpool. Before he was a powerful writer and producer, Reynolds played Deadpool in 2009 X-Men origin: Wolverine, which was filmed during the last writers’ strike. “So we were in the middle of production, there were no writers, nothing,” Reynolds said of the Wolverine movie in 2016. “Every line I have in the movie I just wrote myself, because the script we had said, ‘Wade Wilson shows up, talk real fast.’ I was like, ‘What?! What do I have to do with that?'”

Lightning strikes comes from regular Marvel favorite Eric Pearson of penny fame Thor: Ragnarok And Black Widow. Like other Marvel writers, he finds some of his key moments during production. In 2020 Pearson told that a signature Black Widow dinner scene with the main characters – played by Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbor and Rachel Weisz – was made possible by rehearsals he had with his actors and rewrites he made on the spot. (Beef creator Lee Sung Jin is the current writer on it Lightning strikes.)

And Sony’s Marvel feature Poison 3 is expected for a shoot in London in the coming months, from new director Kelly Marcel, who scripted a story she developed with frequent collaborator and star Tom Hardy, who has a story on credit. Hardy is also known for coming up with ideas back in the day (like a notable scene in the first movie where his character, Eddie Brock, gets into a lobster tank). “The lobster day was utter chaos,” said Marcel during a press briefing Poison 2. “You find four or five in this movie. The film clings to that feeling of joy, fun and madness.”

The latest executive strike affected several tentpoles, some for the worse. Star Trek (2009) writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were on set thanks to their roles as executive producers, but the rules at the time prevented them from changing the script. “All we could do was kind of make funny eyes and faces at the actors when they had a problem with the line and give a little nod when they had something better,” Orci said in 2009.

Star Trek was a hit with critics and audiences. Other tent poles of the time were less fortunate. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen And GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra are among those whom those creatives have spoken ill of. (“Look, I’ll be honest. I fucking hate that movie. I hate that movie,” plays Channing Tatum once said.)

James Bond feature Quantum of Solace is perhaps the most famous victim of the WGA strike. Considered the nadir of Daniel Craig’s tenure as 007, it went into production without a completed script. “On Quantumwe were fucked,” Craig said in 2011. “We had the bare bones of a script and then there was a writers’ strike and we couldn’t do anything. We couldn’t hire a writer to finish it. I say to myself, ‘Never again’, but who knows? I tried to rewrite scenes – and I’m not a writer.’”

As for Marvel, it is entering a new phase in its relationship with writers during this period. The first Iron Man ended filming in June 2007, five months before the strike. Now Marvel not only has to contend with script challenges, but also with potential picketers. On Thursday, a WGA member tweeted a call to action asking people to join them in filming a Marvel production in the heart of Hollywood. The tweet, which has been deleted, was targeted Wonder man, starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. In a meta-moment that underscores this historic and fraught time, the series presents a superhero’s perspective on the entertainment industry, featuring a Hollywood stuntman and actor trying to make it big in film.

Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

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