As Hollywood strikes continue, here are some of the most notable US productions that moviegoers should be patiently waiting for.
Hollywood and the movie industry were shut down.
Months after the Writers Guild of America began a strike, the Screen Actors Guild joining the picket line means that America’s writers and actors are on strike at the same time for the first time in 60 years.
Both guilds want studios and streaming services to pay better wages, increased royalties, higher contributions to their pension and health plans, and protections about the use of AI in the industry.
It is not clear how long this strike will last. The longest WGA strike lasted 153 days, in 1980 when actors went on strike for more than three months.
How will viewers be affected?
Late-night talk shows and several television productions were already on long hiatus due to the writers’ strike.
Shows like The Last of UsYellowjackets, American Horror Story, Big Mouth, Stranger thingsAbbott Elementary, Separation And Daredevil: Born Again, Stop It All, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and countless other shows went dark.
Now cinema tentpoles, some in mid-production, are shutting down.
Depending on how impactful this production halt will be and how long the strikes will last, it may take some time for the general audience to feel the effects of the ongoing strikes and many upcoming movie releases will be affected.
Smaller indie studios like A24 have agreed to SAG’s terms and will continue to film and use its actors during the strike. This means audiences may be getting independently financed, as well as many European and Asian films this fall. This isn’t too bad, as some under-the-radar gems get the platform and attention they deserve.
However, these are some of the most notable high-profile US productions that moviegoers may have to wait patiently for.
Set to open this year Venice Film Festival, Luca Guadagnino’s thrilling love triangle set around tennis courts, was pulled from the festival slate due to strikes. The MGM/Amazon film starring Zendaya and Josh O’Connor will instead move to April 2024. Now the festival has announced that the opening film will be an Italian drama by Edoardo D’Angelis. CommandantAs the lido This year will focus on European and Asian productions, a Plan B that would throw off the festival’s longstanding reputation for premiering the following year’s major Oscar winners. Speaking of Zendaya…
Dunn: Part Two
There are rumors that Warner Bros. is trying to delay the November tentpole release Dunn: Part Two, also starring Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet. A Variety report says the studio is considering a move Purple color and D.C Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Of course, the sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic Dune A giant sandworm may be running from November 3, 2023 to an unknown date in 2024. Dunn: Part Two The participation of its all-star cast, which includes Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Christopher Walken, will greatly benefit — and current union regulations say these actors cannot promote past or future work produced and released by stricken companies. However, it was one of our most eagerly awaited titles of 2023, so it might release this year as well.
Tim Burton’s classic 1988 horror-comedy Beetlejuice 2024 joins a long (and exhausting) line of iconic films getting a legacy sequel. Original stars Michael Keaton, Catherine O’Hara and Winona Ryder join franchise newcomers Jenna Ortega For the new film, February 2022 was initially announced. Filming began in May and is taking place in England and Vermont, US. The film currently has a release date of September 6, 2024, but as production has come to a complete halt and is expected to undergo significant delays, the date is not guaranteed to hold. But let’s face facts: fans have had to wait 35 years for a sequel — and they can wait a little longer.
Fast X Part 2
Without trying to minimize the strikes and their consequences, it’s a delay we’re not too worried about. The tenth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, Fast X, came out earlier this year and was utter garbage. A huge cliffhanger that offered little resolution (or basic narrative logic) to the film’s existing ‘storyline’ showed once again that this is a franchise in need of better writers and a full stop. As it stands, audiences will have to wait until at least 2025 for what is billed as the conclusion of the franchise. Then we can all relax and listen to Vin Diesel mumble incoherently about how he got family, not friends, all with the acting charm of a disaffected boiled egg.
After his long cameo Christopher Nolan’s OppenheimerRami Malek was scheduled to start work amateur, an espionage thriller in which he will play a CIA cryptographer forced to investigate the murder of his wife. Filming reportedly began in early June with Black Mirror and Slow Horse director James Hawes in the director’s chair. Its November 2024 release date will most likely be pushed back.
After Morbius and the central venous continuum, Venom: Let there be carnage, Sony needs a real-time win. Production on the currently untitled Venom 3 reportedly began in June, with Tom Hardy also receiving a writing credit. Juno Temple and Chiwetel Ejiofor are joining the project, and the original October 2024 date may still hold depending on how long the strikes continue. But it is safe to say that there is a lot of travel involved. Speaking of spider verse…
Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse
This year Spider-Man: Throughout the Spider-Verse is One of our favorite movies of the year, and left audiences on an exciting cliffhanger, teasing the third and final installment in an energetic series that exceeded all expectations. The animated film is currently scheduled to hit theaters on March 29, 2024, but since the cast’s lines are yet to be recorded, we’ll have to wait a little longer.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two
Sequel to this summer middle partDead Reckoning Part One Work on most of its major action sequences has already been completed. However, there are still plenty of scenes to shoot for the two-part event Beloved spy franchise. Production was on a scheduled hiatus while Tom Cruise and writer-director Christopher McQuarrie were on promotional duty for the first chapter, rumored to be Cruise’s swansong in the role of Ethan Hunt. McQuarrie indicated that part two was only about 40% complete when the writers’ strike broke out last month. The original launch date of June 28, 2024 seems about as appropriate as Mission: Impossible at this point.
23 years after Russell Crowe starred as Maximus Decimus Meridius, work has begun on the untitled Gladiator 2, with Ridley Scott back in the director’s chair for another legacy sequel. Notice a trend? It’s not a necessary sequel by any means, but the pitch follows Maximus’ son, played by Paul Meskel, as he vows to avenge his father’s death. He is joined by returning Djimon Hounsou, Connie Nielsen, Pedro Pascal and Denzel Washington. Filming was underway in Morocco when Strike hit, and although two-thirds of the film was reportedly completed, the November 22, 2024 start date may be pushed to 2025.
Wicked – Parts 1 and 2
A big screen adaptation of the smash musical Wicked has also been shelved. Development was announced in 2012 before casting was revealed in 2021 and production began in 2022, starring Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo. Crazy rich Asians, John M. Chu, helm. Split into two parts, the first part is slated to drop in November 2024, while the second part will land almost a year later in 2025. Although filming began in December 2022, you can bet that these two films will be released in 2025 and 2026, respectively, after delays due to the pandemic.
Almost thirty years later, the original film hit theaters in 1996. Twisters A long overdue sequel To the iconic disaster movie Twister. Audiences are gearing up for a 19th July 2024 release and it’s hard to meet this deadline, Twisters Filming is believed to have started only in May. Add in post-production for all the special effects required and we’re still a long way from seeing it wow us on the big screen.
Marvel Studios is planning ahead, and as a result, four of their biggest projects currently in production have been hit by writer and actor struggles. Captain America: Brave New World Production was able to wrap (albeit reshoots) before it was actually affected verboten), when production takes place in both blade And Thunderstorms shut down The first of Fox’s previous properties to be released under the MCU banner, there’s a third Deadpool movie, with Ryan Reynolds returning as Wade “Deadpool” Wilson and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, pictured in the comic-accurate yellow and blue suit that sent the entire Internet into meltdown. Marvel needs a win as superhero movies have been doing well of late, and will have to rethink their carefully mapped schedule as there’s no way they’ll finish the movie in time for its original May 3, 2024 release.
Cry us a river Fast X Continuity, but it’s a really painful delay. Paddington 2 It was a heartwarming thriller that became the highest-rated film of all time on Rotten Tomatoes in 2017. It had been six long years and we were finally about to get the third installment. Production was originally slated to begin in July, but now on indefinite hiatus, audiences will have to sit tight until 2025 for the beloved marmalade-sandwich-eating Ursin’s homecoming to Peru.
There we have it.
It remains to be seen if there are other high quality releases in 2023 like Yorgos Lanthimos’. Poor things and Michael Mann Ferrari (Both were decided to premiere in Venice first), as well as Disney’s Miracles On November 10, Lionsgate’s reboot of the franchise The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes On November 17, Sony’s Columbia Pictures NapoleonThe Ridley Scott-directed and Joaquin Phoenix-starrer will hit theaters without their cast on November 22nd on promotional press tours.
The Hollywood attacks continue…