The Writers Guild of America strike has entered its fourth week, but the parties actually sat down to talk to each other Monday for the first time since the strike began. Although both director JJ Abrams and co-writer Roberto Orci have stated that the script for Star Trek (currently in production) was solid and that they had planned ahead to ensure it was strike-ready, Abrams was also recently quoted as saying he wasn’t happy he couldn’t add a new line to the script. But new reports give hope that Abrams may get a chance to add that line sooner rather than later. According to today’s Daily Variety “optimists took solace in speculation that the outlines of a deal have already been hammered out.”
Apparently Hollywood agents (who themselves are loosing money every day…and you know they don’t like that) have been working a back channel deal over the last few weeks. The Deadline Hollywood blog is even more optimistic citing sources who say “there appears to be a deal seemingly in place.” But the official WGA Strike Blog notes caution and warns writers to not to start partying just yet. Even the more optimistic report from Deadline Hollywood only stated that the strike could end ‘before Christmas.’ Regardless the Star Trek production continues and is slated to run until March.
Horror writers exorcism + taking a page from sci-fi fans?
Talks continue today and to keep the pressure up a group of horror writers are holding an exorcism in front of Warner Brothers for the ‘evil spirits’ that have possessed studio moguls. Also the WGA seem to be taking a page from sci-fi fandom with their new ‘pencils2mediamoguls campaign.’ Reminiscent of the recent (successful) campaign of sending boxes of nuts to CBS to renew Jericho, the WGA are asking people to send boxes of pencils to studio big wigs.
Daily Show Writer pokes fun at Viacom
In a recent video, a writer for the Daily Show (which like Paramount is part of the Viacom family), poked a bit of fun at Viacom and their views over the value of online content.