Day 12: A New Hope
Variety has just announced that talks will resume between WGA and AMPTP beginning on November 26, following the Thanksgiving break. There's no word on why this is happening, or what caused the sudden change in progress, but hopefully this means enough movement has been made to finally end this thing. From a prepared joint statement: " Leaders from the AMPTP and the WGA have mutually agreed to resume formal negotiations on November 26. No other details or press statements will be issued." Variety also publishes an email members of United Showrunners received earlier this evening: " Those in the process say the studios' sudden responsiveness is a direct result of three thousand writers in the streets, our Internet/communications strategy, and especially showrunners' actions. We had the impact we intended." A media blackout from this point forward is expected, though writers are encouraged to continue picketing through next week.
Pressure has been increasing from all sides, yet all signs still pointed toward a long, hard-fought (six months or so) strike. A few hours ago, Variety reported that Angels & Demons, the follow-up to The Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks, had become the first major casualty of the strike -- postponing production because the script turned in by Akiva Goldsman came in under the deadline with "insurmountable problems." Should the writers go back to work, that could potentially get this film back on track, as well as help speed up future negotiations with SAG and DGA. Could this spell the beginning of the end of this entire strike? For the sake of new Cavemen episodes, I sure as hell hope so.