According to the latest strike update from Deadline, writers can now be hired for projects. An example the trade gives is Batman: Brave and the Bold, which currently has a director, but no writer. Check it out.
The trade talked about how the TV side of production tends to come back quicker due to the reduced gestation periods for writing. However, on the motion pictures side they say:
‘That said, the silver linings for motion picture studios given the tentative agreement are that scribes can now huddle with directors if needed should uncompleted movies require any polishing. In addition to the movies above, we understand that Warner Bros.’ Jenna Ortega Beetlejuice movie has a few more days left of production before it’s 100% wrapped. Paramount’s Gladiator sequel from Ridley Scott also requires more shooting.’
‘Also, studios can start meeting with candidates and putting offers out on open writing assignments (OWAs) on films — e.g. the new DC’s Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which has Andy Muschietti set as director.’
The biggest concern for now is sure to be finishing off movies that already started filming. But as the trade points out, that actually cannot happen until the SAG-AFTRA Strike ends. You’d think that may also be close, but really there’s no current news to suggest any breakthrough’s have been made.
In the meantime, at least writers can start taking jobs again, or will very soon. Also, yeah it’s a slow news day out there for the entertainment world folks. Therefore, the sooner we get some writing going, the better.
So, writers can be hired for projects like Batman: The Brave and the Bold, TV, and writers can be consulted once productions start back up. What do you think of this latest development? Thoughts below.