Here we motherf*ckin' go again... I don't want to be including strike talk in every article I write from now until summer, but it looks like it might be on the menu unless the actors can get their shite together and not go on strike in a few months... So while writers are scribbling away, the studios are lighting fires under their asses so scripts will be ready soon, as the "Hollywood majors are refusing to schedule new start dates on films that can't complete shooting by June 30." Got that? Good.
So where does this leave a few of the bigger flicks we here are interested in? Well, to start with, the next TRANSFORMERS film - of course to be directed by Michael Bay. Original writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and newcomer-to-the-series Ehren Kruger (THE BROTHERS GRIMM), are apparently sequestered somewhere together working hard on getting the, uh, "script" in tight formation.
Here's what Herr Bay had to say: "They did a detailed outline before the writer's strike, and now they are in Michael Bay jail, holed up in a hotel and working feverishly. We're paying for a beautiful suite and they are getting a lot of work done. Hiring three writers was unusual, but it has been a godsend in getting us to where we need to be. Somehow you find a way to get it done."
Hahaha... Michael Bay jail... Ohhh, whatta funny fellow... Strangely, I don't mind the idea of Kruger, Orci and Kurtzman stuck together in a claustrophobic hotel room - they can argue about who has written the crappiest screenplay ("THE RING 2 sucked more!" "No, MI:III did!") and battle until a bloody death(s). The flick is scheduled to get underway this June, with an eye toward releasing it next June.
As for TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE FUTURE BEGINS (or as I like to call it: TERMINATOR: OVERLONG TITLE), the plan is to begin lensing on May 5, with all exterior scenes (in New Mexico) to be completed by June 30... That way, if the actors do strike, they can begin editing the shot sequences and begin visual effects work. If no strike takes place, interiors will proceed uninterrupted.
On a less interesting note, Ron Howard's sequel to THE DA VINCI CODE, ANGELS AND DEMONS, will begin shooting in Rome on June 5. Three weeks worth of exteriors will be shot, then on to Sony soundstages. Basically the same setup as TERMINATOR 4...
No strike, please... No strike...