The WGA (Writers Guild of America) strike that began three weeks ago shows no sign of being resolved anytime soon, with some industry estimates that it could continue through the summer, and may be joined by other industry guild strikes (both the screen actors guild and directors guild have contracts coming up in June). As reported earlier this month, this could have an impact on pending live-action Star Trek productions. Some of those working on Star Trek shows are talking about that impact.
Strange New Worlds season 3 waiting
A number of Star Trek writers past and present assembled for a Trek-themed picketing of Paramount Pictures in Hollywood last Friday. Among them was Strange New Worlds co-showrunner Henry Alonso Myers, who spoke to Larry Nemecek as he chronicled the event for a Larry Nemecek’s Trekland Special. In the video from the event, Myers was asked about how the strike is impacting production on the previously announced third season:
We won’t be able to shoot any of that [season 3] until after the strike is done, yeah. But season 2 has been done for a while and we are excited for people to see it.
As noted by Myers, season 2 of Strange New Worlds arrives on June 15. Paramount+ announced a third season in March, the writing for which had already been underway for months. Production was expected to start this month and run through the summer in Toronto. While Paramount+ could have started production with any scripts they considered finished, it appears they are waiting for the strike to end. One factor could be that the actors guild (SAG-AFTRA) may also be going on strike if they can’t agree to a new contract with the studios before the current contract ends on June 30. The studios are also working on a new deal with the directors guild (DGA) as their contract also ends on June 30.
Academy writers’ room extended
At the end of March Paramount+ also announced the new series Star Trek: Starfleet Academy. Co-showrunners and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau were also on hand at the Trek picketing event in Hollywood. Lower Decks actress Tawny Newsome is also one of the writers, and she was spotted picketing at the Trek-themed event in New York. In Hollywood, Nemecek spoke briefly to Starfleet Academy writer’s room assistant Aviel Mann Ballo, who talked about the impact the strike is having on the show:
Our timeline is impacted but it was already a long runway… It will push the writers’ room into probably next year.
The Academy series did have more time. While writing had started before the show was officially announced, it writers’ room was still actively working at the time the strike began. It was previously announced by Paramount that production was planned for early in 2025, which is what Ballo was referring to when he noted they had a “long runway,” and it does look like the writers are planning on extending their work into 2024 due to the strike.
Watch the Trek day picket line video
There’s more good stuff in Larry’s visit to the Paramount picket line featuring a number of veteran Star Trek writers talking about the strike and more.
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