The WGA strike is over! The DGA contract is settled. All is well with Hollywood, right?
Not so fast. The Screen Actors Guild also has a contract up this year and jitters over those negotiations, and the possibility of a strike, has the studios proceeding with caution, according to today's Variety.
'Transformers 2' director Michael Bay, however, is pushing forward and making plans to keep his movie on track for its June 26, 2009 release.
"If there is a strike, we shut down, but shutting down isn't that big a deal," Bay told Variety. "You make accommodations, you make a deal with vending houses on equipment and on the stages where you are shooting. You hope for the best, but you can't be incapacitated by the possibility that there will be a strike. We've got to get this town back to work. I can't imagine anyone wants another strike, we're all tired. Hopefully clearer heads will prevail."
Variety reports that the movie has been somewhat hampered by the writers strike already, the writers Ehren Kruger, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci only returning to their keyboards and notebooks a few weeks ago.
"They did a detailed outline before the writer's strike, and now they are in Michael Bay jail, holed up in a hotel and working feverishly," Bay said. "We're paying for a beautiful suite and they are getting a lot of work done. Hiring three writers was unusual, but it has been a godsend in getting us to where we need to be. Somehow you find a way to get it done."
Likewise Warner Bros. is pushing hard to get 'Justice League' in front of cameras by mid-July, after the WGA strike nearly scuttled the project. A new draft is expected from writers Kiernan and Michele Mulroney in the next six weeks.