The filming of “Tron: Ares” has officially been postponed due to a dual strike by writers and actors, sidelining over 150 people and highlighting the problems within the Hollywood industry.
Hollywood’s situation is escalating day by day, and the strike by writers and actors is adding fuel to the fire. The WGA (Writers Guild) initiated the movement three months ago, joined a month later by the SAG-AFTRA (actors’ union). What initially appeared to be a routine protest has morphed into a historic battle, surpassing the famous 2008 strike in duration.
Tron: Ares, an Extended Delay
One of the most resounding impacts of this strike is the indefinite delay of the highly anticipated “Tron: Ares.” After 13 years of tumultuous development, the project seemed finally ready to take flight with filming scheduled for August 12. Sadly, the double strike brought these ambitions to a halt, plunging over 150 crew members into uncertainty.
Director Joachim Rønning expressed his dismay and hopes on Instagram, emphasizing the challenges of freelance work in the film industry. He advocated for better protection for writers and actors and called for the regulation of Artificial Intelligence.
Movies and Franchises on Hold
“Tron: Ares” is not the only victim of this strike. Other franchises such as Avengers and Avatar have seen their release dates pushed back by several months, or even years. The damages don’t stop there. The cast of “Tron: Ares,” including names like Jared Leto, Evan Peters, and Jodie Turner-Smith, remain in limbo. The availability and participation of actors become a major concern.
Joachim Rønning has taken a somewhat ambivalent stance. On one hand, he supports the claims of actors and writers. On the other, he seems to criticize the strike as a means of protest. This duality has sparked a wave of critical comments under his post, shedding light on the complexity of the current situation.
Tensions between Unions
The strike has also highlighted growing tensions between members of the WGA and the DGA (Directors Guild). While the WGA and SAG-AFTRA fight for their rights, the DGA took a different route, renewing its contract with the AMPTP last June.
According to Deadline, “Tron 3” is not entirely canceled by Disney but simply put on pause until an agreement is reached. This indefinite delay raises many questions and concerns. We are living through an unprecedented time in Hollywood, and the coming days will be crucial in determining the direction this beloved industry will take.
As we eagerly await news of “Tron: Ares” and the strike’s development, we can only speculate on the long-term impact of these events. One thing is certain: this situation shines a light on the challenges and stakes faced by film industry professionals during crucial contract negotiations.
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