Many films are expected to be affected by the WGA strike; however, it’s looking like James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy will not be among those affected.
According to The Wrap, the DC Studios executive and filmmaker, James Gunn delivered the first draft of the script prior to the strike with The Wrap reporting that Superman: Legacy will not be affected by the recent protests connected to the Writers Guild of America strike.
Pre-production on the film is said to already be underway with Gunn and the creative team currently working on costumes, production design, and more.
Why is the WGA Strike happening?
The cause for the 2023 WGA Strike is due to a breakdown in negotiations regarding the labor laws with the (AMPTP) Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Following this, the strike began after both parties could not reach an agreement on May 2.
Aside from the demand for funding increase and job security for writers, the core factors were that writers should get paid more from residuals on streaming such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO Max (now simply Max) in addition to concerns of the usage of A.I. such as ChatGPT. The WGA only would permit the use of A.I. simply as a tool to facilitate script ideas and research but not take over.
How does the WGA Strike affect Superman: Legacy?
It does not, although the issue may be in the grey area. Gunn since he submitted a draft script for Superman: Legacy before the WGA strike started, there are no grounds for production to be shut down but what is confusing is when Gunn mentioned “first draft” which hints the script for the film is not yet finalized.
“Multihyphenates” deemed as those writers who wear other hats as producer, actor, and/or director under WGA strike rules may continue performing non-writing during the strike. Being Gunn is directing this film and is one of the heads of DC Studios, he clearly falls into the category.
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