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Marvel’s Blade Delayed Amid Writers’ Strike – The Hollywood Reporter


The writers’ strike took a bite out of him code.

Marvel Studios is closing pre-production on the vampire thriller starring Mahershala Ali, which was set to begin shooting next month in Atlanta. The landmark project, which has been paused once before, becomes the first film prop to be affected by the strike.

Cast and crew members are notified this afternoon.

code I rented recently real detective creator Nic Pizzolatto to work on the script, but according to an insider, “we ran out of time.” The studio will restart production once the strike ends.

Since the strike began on Tuesday, the biggest impact has been on late-night talk shows and Saturday Night Live. One drama series, Showtime BillionsProduction was halted Thursday due to the strike.

While some studios have one or two movies in production, Marvel seems to be supporting the industry by planning to shoot three movies at the same time, not to mention two sequels. even with code It’s preparing for one of the busiest times in the company’s history.

Captain America: New World to request Currently filming in Atlanta. TV program Agatha: A cove of chaos Also filming in Atlanta, while fellow series miracle man Filmed in Los Angeles. dead pool 3 is expected to be released to cameras later this month in London Lightning He hit Atlanta in June. As of now, Lightning Still on the right track.

Fantastic Four, which is in the midst of the most closely watched casting search since Marvel hired Tom Holland to play Spider-Man eight years ago, is eyeing a January 2024 start date in London. That could change, if the strike continues for six months or longer, though according to sources it is seen as unlikely.

Still, even if the strike only lasts a month or six weeks, there’s likely to be an impact, with more movie start dates being pushed out between fallout.

There’s a billion dollars in net production costs exposed because of the strike. That’s definitely a concern,” says one source involved with Marvel’s current slate of projects related to those in or about to enter production.

Most big budget films are known for their script development during production. However, Marvel has a more edgy reputation for pages of scripts that come off typewriters during filming. And the strike would mark uncharted territory for the studio, which is used to having a writer willing to quickly rework things.

On $1.92 billion in profits Spider-Man: No way homeThe deals for stars Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were not finalized until around December 2020, more than a month into filming. Writers Chris McKenna and Eric Sommers spent Christmas reworking the third act to include actors for Spider-Man, who provided input on the script. on Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), uncredited screenwriter Patrick Burley (eternal) compiled 25 pages a day, with director Peyton Reed and Marvel executives, including Kevin Feige, sitting in a room reviewing his work each evening.

Studio directors may feel comfortable in the “(a) through (h)” clause of the 2020 WGA, which gives some leeway to the producer or director to cut the script for time, “change artistic direction or stage,” and, most importantly, make “occasional minor adjustments.” in dialogue or narration conducted before or during the period of principal photography.”

As the observers noted: No, you can’t create a new third chapter that suddenly has two new Spider-Men. Yes, you can make enough changes to keep the story on track – if you read this clause generously.

One pressing concern is captain America, since it is currently being filmed. One rival executive theorized,[Marvel] They’ll shoot what they can, and then wait for the reshoots,” which is already set up in the production process the Marvel way.

As for the soon-to-be-produced movies, Deadpool 3 is up first.

Superstar Ryan Reynolds is best known for serving as a writer on the films he produces and stars in (whether uncredited or, in the case of Deadpool 2, added). Under current strike rules, while a non-writer director or producer can make small alterations to the script under (a) through (h), a writer like Reynolds would not be allowed to.

This is definitely a change from the norm during his other times as Deadpool. Before becoming a powerhouse writer and producer, Reynolds played Deadpool in 2009. X-Men Origins: Wolverinewhich was filmed during the recent book strike. “So we were in the middle of production, there was no book, nothing,” Reynolds said of Wolverine film in 2016. “Every line I have in the movie I wrote myself because in our script, he said, ‘Wade Wilson shows up, talking really fast. “I said: What?! What should I do with that?”

Lightning He is descended from Marvel favorite Eric Pearson, known for his pen Motorcycle rental And Black Widow. Like other Marvel writers, he finds some of his key moments during production. In 2020, Pearson narrated that signing Black Widow The dinner scene featuring the primary characters — played by Scarlett Johansson, Florence Bowe, David Harbor, and Rachel Weisz — was made possible by rehearsals he had with his actors and rewrote on the fly. (meat Author Lee Sung Jin is the current writer Lightning.)

and Sony’s Marvel feature Venom 3 It is expected to be shot in London in the coming months, from first-time director Kelly Marcel, who penned the script from a story she developed with frequent collaborator and star Tom Hardy, who has a story by credit. Hardy is also known for coming up with ideas back in the day (such as a notable scene in the first film in which his character, Eddie Brock, gets into a lobster tank). “The lobster day was an absolute mess,” Marcel said during a press release. Venom 2. “You’ll find four or five of those in this movie. The movie clings to that sense of joy and fun and madness.”

The recent directors’ strike affected several pillars, some of them worse. Star Trek (2009) Writers Roberto Orsi and Alex Kurtzman were doing well thanks to their roles as executive producers, but by the rules at the time, they couldn’t change the script. “All we can do is kind of, do funny eyes and faces for the actors whenever they have trouble with the line and kind of nod when they have something better,” Orci said in 2009.

Star Trek It was a huge hit with critics and audiences. Other pillars of the era were not so lucky. Transformers Revenge of the Fallen And GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra They are among those about whom the creators spoke badly. (“Look, I’ll be honest. I hate this movie. I hate this movie,” star Channing Tatum once said.)

James Bond feature How much consolation It is perhaps the most famous victim of the WGA attack. Due to the low point of Daniel Craig’s tenure as 007, production began without a completed script. “on Quantum“We had sex,” Craig said in 2011. “We had simple scripts, and then there was a writers’ strike and there was nothing we could do. We couldn’t hire a writer to finish it. I say to myself, ‘Never again,’ but who knows? I was trying to rewrite scenes—and I’m not a writer.”

Marvel is entering a new phase in its relationship with writers during this time. the first Iron Man Filming wrapped in June 2007, five months before the strike. Now, Marvel must grapple with not only the script’s challenges, but potential protestors as well. On Thursday, a WGA member tweeted a call to action, asking for people to join them in capturing the filming of a Marvel production in the heart of Hollywood. The deleted tweet was targeting miracle manStarring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. In a meta moment that underscores this historic and perilous time, the series presents the superhero’s point of view on the entertainment industry, focusing on a Hollywood stuntman and actor trying to make it big in movies.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.