The Strike is Over: Actors' Union SAG-AFTRA Reaches an Agreement with the Studios

The strike lasted 118 days

by Tom Hartig on November 9, 2023

All of Hollywood is breathing a sigh of relief: The actors' strike is finally over. For 118 days, the majority of actors in the United States stopped working to fight for better working conditions.

The agreement was made after the SAG-AFTRA union's last offer a week ago. This offer called for higher wages, bonuses and protection against the use of artificial intelligence. The last point is primarily about the unauthorized training of AI with the appearance and performance of the actors. There have already been a few cases where, for example, extras have been replaced by AI-generated humans.

Which Movies are Affected by the Strike?

With the end of the strike, numerous film and series productions can finally resume. "Deadpool 3," for example, was halfway through filming before work had to be put on hold. Things are also continuing with Ridley Scott's "Gladiator 2" and Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice 2," which was only 2 days away from shooting. "Venom 3" can now also get back on track: According to Deadline, it is now finally fixed that the film will be released on November 8, 2024 - until recently, the official release date was still July 12.

The planned shooting schedules for spring are also no longer at risk: these include James Gunn's DCU kick-off "Superman: Legacy," Disney's "Tron 3," the Minecraft film with Jason Momoa and "Mortal Kombat 2."

Along with the writers' strike, which has since ended, Hollywood was on hiatus for around 7 months. It is estimated to have cost the Southern California economy more than 6.5 billion dollars. It was the first joint strike in more than 60 years. The coming months will be particularly interesting as Hollywood now has to deal with a lot of postponed productions.

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