The writer’s strike may be over, but with the actor’s strike pending in three months things certainly aren’t back to normal.
Variety reports that Hollywood studios are refusing to schedule new start dates on films that can’t complete shooting by June 30th. Thus whilst development may be back in full swing, actual production is notably down.
Amongst the flow-on effects taking place:
-“Angels and Demons”, Sony’s “Da Vinci Code” prequel, will shoot all its exteriors in Rome starting June 5th for three weeks. The rest of the film will be shot on Sony soundstages, where sets will wait, if necessary, until an actor’s strike is over.
-The crew and sets tied to “Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins” which starts filming May 5th in New Mexico will essentially go on unpaid leave should a strike happen, but they will be ready to return to work within 48 hours of a settlement. All exteriors will be shot and completed by June 30th so that no extra location rental charges are incurred.
-Sony’s “2012” and Warners “Justice League” both scheduled to begin filming mid-July may hit delays if a strike occurs. DreamWorks hopes to get underway on production of “Transformers 2” in early June and the writers (Ehren Kruger, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci) are currently very busy working on the script.
-Eddie Murphy comedy “A Thousand Words” begins production in mid-May and won’t finish by June 30th, though a possible hiatus has been incorporated into all its contracts.
-Dwayne Johnson led comedy “The Tooth Fairy” for 20th Century Fox will begin production in August if the strike is called off before the June 30th date. If not, it will be pushed back.