Once the Nanny, Now the Union’s Head of Actors. Major films in production, including sequels to Avatar and Gladiator, are likely to be impacted by a Hollywood actors’ strike.
Promotional events like red-carpet premieres, such as the upcoming Disney film Haunted Mansion release, will also be affected. Events such as the Emmy Awards and Comic-Con may be rescheduled or reduced.
In the most prominent industry shutdown in over 60 years, approximately 160,000 performers ceased working at midnight in Los Angeles.
Friday morning will commence with picketing outside of Netflix’s California headquarters, followed by Paramount, Warner Bros., and Disney.
Following identical strike action by the Writers Guild of America (WGA), the strike announcement halted most US film and television productions. The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) desires that streaming giants consent to a more equitable profit split and improved working conditions.
It also seeks to safeguard actors from digital impersonators. The union wants assurances that artificial intelligence (AI) and computer-generated features and voices will not replace actors. During the strike, actors cannot appear in films or advertise their movies.
Deadpool 3, starring Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman, Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice sequel, and a film adaptation of the musical Wicked, may also be affected.
It is also conceivable that the strike will affect HBO’s House of the Dragon and the second season of Netflix’s The Sandman and Fox’s Family Guy and The Simpsons.
In response, US networks have increased the quantity of “unscripted content” in their fall schedules, including The Masked Singer, The Amazing Race, Survivor, and Kitchen Nightmares.
Phil Clapp, the chief executive officer of the UK Cinema Association, told BBC News that he did not believe the strike would cause too many inconveniences for moviegoers.
“Given the difficulties UK cinema operators have encountered over the past few years, all will be concerned by anything that could potentially threaten the supply of films to the big screen, so it is hoped that the current dispute will be resolved quickly,” he said.
“However, there is already a strong slate of films locked in for the weeks and months ahead, beginning with Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One, Barbie, and Oppenheimer all in, or coming to theaters very soon, and promising to entertain millions of moviegoers well into 2024.
We are confident that cinemas will experience minimal disruptions, if any, for the foreseeable future unless the present strike is prolonged. As the strike was proclaimed, actors Cillian Murphy, Matt Damon, and Emily Blunt left the London premiere of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer on Thursday night.
Christopher Nolan, the film’s director, told the audience that they were “off to write their picket signs” and that he supported their struggle.
The strike will render substantial labor impossible for films currently in production. Even if filming has been completed, actors will be unavailable for reshoots and other essential filmmaking processes.
TV shows that are still filming will also be forced to cease production, although in some cases, performers and producers may be able to negotiate side agreements to continue production.
Several actors, including Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk, Sex and the City’s Cynthia Nixon, and Hollywood veteran Jamie Lee Curtis, expressed their support for the strike on Instagram.
In response to concerns regarding the use of artificial intelligence, the major studios have proposed a “groundbreaking proposal” that would safeguard the digital likeness of actors and require their consent when digital replicas are used in performances or when alterations are made.
However, the union rejected the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) offer.
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, national executive director and principal negotiator for the Screen Actors Guild, deemed it unacceptable.
“They propose that our background actors should be able to be scanned, paid for one day’s work and that their company should own the scan of their image and be able to use it forever,” he explained. If you believe that is an innovative proposal, you should reconsider.
The AMPTP stated that the strike was “certainly not the outcome we had hoped for, as studios cannot function without the performers who bring our television and film productions to life.”
“The union has regrettably chosen a path that will lead to financial hardship for countless thousands of people who depend on the industry,” the statement continued.
The union’s official name is SAG-AFTRA, which stands for Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Performers should receive more excellent base pay and residuals – payments made to performers from repeats of films and programs in which they have starred – is another demand for streaming services.
Thousands of actors on strike are paid substantially less for supporting roles than their A-list colleagues.