Negotiations have stalled between The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (TAMTP), and the Writers’ Guild of America (WGA) over staffing and fairer pay, among other issues, resulting in the WGA officially declaring a strike.
If this sounds like deja vu, it’s because there was an earlier iteration of the protest that took place from November 2007 to February 2008, which shook things up and created a lasting impact on the industry.
And just like history, shows are closing their writers’ room all over again. From Stranger Things to Cobra Kai, here’s a list of prominent TV shows and movies affected by the WGA strike.
1 ) Daredevil: Born Again
The Daredevil revival had recently started production before halting filming due to the strike, as writers picketed in New York. Considered a “fourth” season after the show’s original cancellation, the series is set to consist of eighteen episodes. Charlie Cox is returning as Daredevil, joining Vincent D’Onofrio and Jon Bernthal as Kingpin and Punisher respectively.
Marvel’s Blade has officially been delayed as pre-production has shut down on the vampire thriller, initially scheduled to begin production this July. This marks yet another setback in the production with its director recently being replaced, and release dates pushed back. Starring Mahershala Ali in the titular role alongside Kit Harington and Mia Goth, the film is a reboot of the 1998 film trilogy.
3) A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight
The writers’ room for A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight has also shut down for the duration of the strike, so fans will have to wait a little longer for the tale of Dunk and Egg. The Game of Thrones spinoff is set in the Targaryen era and will center around naïve but courageous knight, Ser Duncan the Tall, and his diminutive squire, Egg.
4) Stranger Things
Production on Stranger Things’ fifth and final season has officially been delayed as the show’s writers go on strike, with production paused on set. “While we’re excited to start production with our amazing cast and crew, it is not possible during this strike,” said the Duffer Brothers, who reminded audiences that “writing does not stop when filming begins.”
5) Cobra Kai
After the fifth season’s explosive ending, Cobra Kai is returning for a sixth season, but it won’t be so soon, as the writer’s room has gone to strike and joined the picket lines. “This is not how we dreamed our final season would kick off,” tweeted writer Jon Hurwitz, but promised fans “a badass finish worthy of your patience.”
Another show which has suffered production delays due to the strike is Yellowjackets – a Lord of the Flies-esque thriller following a group of teenage girls who find themselves stranded on an island when their plane crashes into the Canadian wilderness. After being rescued, a series of events bring the group together. The third season’s writers room halted production after just one day but plans to resume after the strike.
Unlike other shows which have stopped production or delayed plans to shoot, Evil wrapped production early on its fourth season, as a cast member had taken a leave of absence and the strike brought the shoot to a standstill. While it is unclear how the early conclusion will affect the supernatural thriller’s intended 10-episode season, fans can expect a compressed edition of the original plot.
8) The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has continued production on its second season, though its writers will not be on set. As such, the second season will stick to the originally-written scripts, and be overseen by non-writing producers and directors. The series has also been renewed for a third season, with scripts already being written.
9) Late Night Talk Shows
As seen in the 2007 writers’ strike, late night shows and comedy sketches like Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon have gone dark, and will air reruns instead of new episodes. Fans will have to wait a while before catching their favourite late-night shows again, as the strike continues on the picket lines.
The last WGA strike in 2007 lasted just over three months, leading to cancellations and further delayed productions. Fast forward to 16 years later, and it seems the movement will last a while longer, with negotiations at present at an impasse.
“We don’t take being on strike lightly…but we also know our worth and we are willing to fight for it,” said chief WGA negotiator Ellen Stutzman, as the strike continues to gain favorable support from the public.