LOS ANGELES — Hollywood filmmakers call it the “cut.”
Major studios in the film capital postponed several high-profile projects this week after more than 160,000 filmmakers, led by the trade union SAG-AFTRA, went on strike for the first time since 1980.
Hollywood’s movie and TV show assembly lines were already slowing down as thousands of screenwriters stood on the picket line since early May. But the actors’ strike also means that many film productions based on completed scripts will also run aground.
The strike also prevents actors from participating in promotional campaigns. For example, a Universal Pictures spokesperson said the red carpet event scheduled for the U.S. premiere of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer was canceled. (Both NBC News and Universal Pictures are divisions of NBCUniversal.)
NBC News has confirmed that filming for the following movies will be halted until the actors reach an agreement with industry groups representing major studios and streamers. (This group represents his NBCUniversal parent company, his Comcast.)
“Gladiator 2” (Paramount Films)
The sequel to Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning 2000 historic blockbuster is “impacted” by the strike, according to people familiar with the production. The film is due for release in November 2024, according to IMDb, and began filming last month in locations such as Malta and Morocco. The cast includes Paul Mezcal (“Aftersun”), Pedro Pascal, and Denzel Washington.
“Juror Part 2” (Warner Bros. movie)
Nicholas Hoult plays a murder juror who realizes he may be responsible for the death of a victim in Clint Eastwood’s latest thriller, rumored to be his last. “Juror 2” was scheduled to shoot in Georgia, a major Hollywood production hub, but production has been halted, according to people familiar with the matter. The film does not have an official release date.
“Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part 2” (Paramount Pictures)
Tom Cruise is expected to dominate the international box office this weekend with ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1’. However, a source familiar with the production said the strike would delay filming on the sequel, which was due to resume after Cruise and his co-stars finished promoting the current spy series. .
Untitled F1 drama (Apple TV+)
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ director Joseph Kosinski was gearing up to shoot an F1-themed racing drama starring Brad Pitt. However, according to a production official, “currently, all filming has been suspended.” “Brad was really having fun,” a source told NBC News. “But there is no doubt that he is a very loyal union member.” The film does not have an official release date.
This list will be updated.