Hollywood tentpoles are shutting down all over the world. Marvel’s Deadpool3Ridley Scotts Gladiator sequel and the eighth by Tom Cruise Mission Impossible film are among the projects on hold as the actors’ strike begins.
SAG-AFTRA’s shutdown comes two months after the writers’ strike hampered the TV business and postponed several films. Now the movie business is also shutting down, though studios are trying to move the ball forward with what they’ve already shot while making plans to resume production later.
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At Marvel Studios, which has multiple movies and TV shows in post-production, that’s an ethos studio head Kevin Feige and co-president Louis D’Esposito shared in an email to staff on Thursday.
“We recognize how much you have all put in on your specific projects and it is disappointing when carefully laid plans have to be adjusted, but constant change is the nature of the manufacturing business and our teams are no strangers to unexpected challenges and are committed to meeting them” , wrote Feige and D’Esposito. “We deeply appreciate all your efforts to make the best of the situation, and we can all hope that a new agreement is reached soon so that we can resume the great work we are doing.”
Studios had long known the strike was a possibility, and some films had contingency plans in case of a strike. A producing source notes their movie scenes featuring a lead actor, who they knew wouldn’t be available in the fall due to a series commitment, after a potential strike ended.
One area where work could potentially continue is animation, particularly for projects rolling out in 2025 and beyond. As usual, animators can have people around their studio record temporary voices about upcoming projects to inform work, while SAG-AFTRA actors record their lines at a later date. However, animated features aiming for release in 2024 are more likely at a point in production where actors are required to record final dialogue. Movies scheduled for release in 2024 include Kung Fu Panda 4 (8 March), Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse on March 29 (although that would probably change even before the strike), Despicable Me 4 (July 3) and Transformers One (the 13th of September).
Below are the features The Hollywood Reporter confirmed to stop filming. Others filming like Badby Clint Eastwood juror #2 and Mortal Kombat are supposed to stop, but THR has not independently confirmed that this is the case.
Release date: May 3, 2024
Before the Writers Strike began on May 1, Marvel Studios was gearing up to put three feature films into production, but eventually Deadpool3 had a script ready. (Lightning strikes And Sheet are fixed indefinitely). The feature film, starring Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman, began filming in London at the end of May, starring other stars including Matthew Macfadyen and Emma Corrin, and also returning deadpool regular customers such as Stefan Kapicic and Brianna Hildebrand. Free guy And The Adam Project helmer Shawn Levy directs.
gladiatorial 2 (decisive)
Release date: November 24, 2024
Twenty years later Gladiator, Ridley Scott is about halfway through filming his sequel, which started filming in June and was shot in locations like Morocco and Malta. Paul Mescal, Pedro Pascal, Connie Nielsen and Denzel Washington are among the cast. Production was halted in June after an accident hospitalized several crew members.
Lilo & Stitch (Disney)
Release date: TBD
The 2002 animated film remake began filming in Hawaii in April, with newcomer Maia Kealoha playing Lilo.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning part 2 (decisive)
Release date: June 28, 2024
The film was already on a pre-scheduled hiatus so that Tom Cruise, filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie and other cast members could embark on a global press tour. The strike will be postponed when filming resumes as the release date is pushed for 11 months.
Poison 3 (Sony)
Release date: TBD
Production began in Spain in late June, with Tom Hardy once again teaming up with longtime writing partner Kelly Marcel on the third venom. Marcel is in the director’s chair for the first time. Juno Temple and Chiwetel Ejiofor are newcomers to the franchise this time around, and little else is known about the script, which Neville wrote after working on the story with Hardy.
Untitled F1 drama (Apple)
Release date: TBD
Filming on the Brad Pitt-Damson Idris feature film began in early July with director Joseph Kosinski and cinematographer Claudio Miranda. They aim to put cameras in race cars, like they did with fighter jets Top gun: Maverick.
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