Marvel Studios has announced that it will pause pre-production of its upcoming vampire thriller Blade due to the ongoing writers’ strike. This delay comes after Nic Pizzolatto, the creator of True Detective, was hired to work on the script. However, an unnamed source has revealed that “time simply ran out,” and Marvel plans to restart production once the strike is over. Blade has become the first high-profile movie to be affected by the strike.
Other Marvel Productions Affected by the Strike
Marvel had initially planned to have three movies and two series filming simultaneously. While Captain America: New World Order is currently filming in Atlanta, TV shows Agatha: Coven of Chaos and Wonder Man are also shooting in Atlanta and Los Angeles, respectively. Deadpool 3 is scheduled to begin filming in London later this month, while Thunderbolts is set to film in Atlanta in June. However, the writers’ strike may impact the start dates of other movies, such as Fantastic Four, which is scheduled to film in January 2024 in London. There could be potential delays if the strike lasts for six months or longer.
The strike may challenge the typical practice of big-budget blockbusters evolving their scripts during production, particularly for Marvel, which is known for having a writer on set to make changes during filming. The 2020 WGA agreement reportedly provides some flexibility for minor script adjustments to be made by non-writers. However, an unnamed production executive has revealed that “[Marvel] will shoot what they can, then wait for the reshoots.”
As the writers’ strike continues, many TV shows and movie productions are being affected. Late-night talk shows and Saturday Night Live have been among the TV shows affected by the writers’ strike, with Showtime’s Billions also halting production as studios fail to agree to new terms with writers.
In conclusion, it seems that the writers’ strike is having a significant impact on the entertainment industry, with Marvel’s Blade being the first high-profile movie to be affected. Production is set to resume once the strike is over, but it remains to be seen if there will be any further delays or changes to Marvel’s upcoming productions.