I have to tell you, every time I hear about the impending Hollywood writers strike, my eyes start glossing over. I can’t decide whose side I’m on, or if I’m even on anyone’s side. And from the sounds of this L.A. Times article, everyone is freaking out about the strike, set to go into affect November 1st, next week. Which begs the question: If everyone’s so afraid of it, and no one wants it, why is it going to happen??? Who knows. I suppose everyone has their own reasons, but it sure as hell sound like everyone is going number two in their pants waiting for the hammer to drop. What will the results be? As one producer puts it: “Next year, there’s going to be a plethora of bad movies — movies that were rushed because of the supposed strike.” Riiiight. Like there wasn’t a “plethora” of crappy movies before the strike, right? How do you explain “The Comebacks”, then?
An excerpt from the L.A. Times article:
While a writers strike would affect TV production almost immediately, given that most shows stockpile only a few scripts at a time, the movie business would have its own set of problems. Because of the complicated logistics and special effects of most event movies, it can take months of preparation to get a blockbuster ready to shoot, preferably with a finished script. Studios start their planning years ahead, staking out prime release dates on the calendar. Recently, the studios have all but stopped hiring writers to crack books or write new screenplays as they plow their resources into readying films that need to go immediately, say various agents and executives.
“People are freaking,” said one top literary agent. “It’s unknown territory. No one knows how this is going to work. Studios are trying to figure out how to do without writers, and everyone out there who writes for a living is trying to figure out how to keep making a living.”
Whoever’s fault it is, most people seem to agree that it’s the writers, who are striking, that will be hurt the most. Uber producer Jerry Bruckheimer agrees:
“Unfortunately, it’s part of our business,” Bruckheimer said. “I lived through the last one, which lasted for almost six months. You somehow survive through it. It hurts the business. It hurts the writers more. Whatever they gain, they never get back the time they’re down.“
Oh well. There’s always “Reality” TV. Right?