Well, here's an interesting development in the 10-day-old negotiations between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). We've been covering the whole sordid business for a while, most recently the news that the whole thing might come screeching to a halt come October 31, when the current contract ends, and that current projects were being "shoved through" in anticipation of a strike.

Today, though, Variety reports that the AMPTP has taken the controversial "residuals revamp" off the table. The revamp was one of the bigger roadblocks to making progress in the negotiations, as it would have changed the way residuals are paid to writers such that they wouldn't get paid until the producers turn a profit. The WGA had drawn a firm line in the sand over the issue, and up until now both sides had refused to budge.

Here's what AMPTP president Nick Counter had to say about the move: "In the overriding interest of keeping the industry working and removing what has become an emotional impediment and excuse by the WGA not to bargain, the AMPTP withdrew its recoupment proposal."

So, score one for the writers on this one ... but will it be enough to move forward and prevent a strike? Can we all just join hands, sing Kum-Ba-Yah, and get back to the business of making good movies now, or are there other hurdles too big to clear? We'd love to hear from some of you screenwriters (and producers) out there on the issue of the strike, so speak on up and weigh in with what you think.
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