Exclusive: With the 118-day actors’ strike ending at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning, as well as the WGA’s 148-day strike in September, global Hollywood film production can now resume.
While the studios warned the guild that films would not be able to start until January due to the holidays, they were in pre-production on reboots of pictures that had to pause in July.
Deadline learns that those films set to return this week or in the very near future are Marvel Studios/Disney Deadpool 3 Starring Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman, directed by Shawn Levy (50% complete); Paramount Gladiator 2 In Europe, Warner Bros.’ Tim Burton directed the film Beetlejuice 2 (who only had two days left), Clint Eastwood Juror No. 2 (which has about ten days left) and Sony Poison 3.
Also a priority for resuming filming is the Sony-co-financed Wayfarer Studios adaptation of Colleen Hoover’s best-selling novel, And it ends with us, Starring Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni. This pic was temporarily discontinued by WGA pickets in June. The film is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on February 9, 2024. We’ll see if that date holds.
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Exhibitors and studios are preparing for a further upheaval of the 2024 theatrical release schedule; Disney’s Bob Iger expressed concern on CNBC earlier today that if the strike doesn’t end soon, next summer’s theatrical slate will be in jeopardy.
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“Obviously we would like to try to preserve the summer of movies. The whole industry is focused on that. We don’t have a lot of time to do that,” Iger said before AMPTP and SAG-AFTRA reached a new three-year agreement tonight.
“The desire for an exciting release date next year is unlike anything you’ve seen before,” one director with a big project in the hopper tells us. “It is a priority for the company.”
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While Deadline reported that Deadpool 3 He would miss the first weekend of the summer edition in May 2024, the speculation was that Captain America: Brave New World (now on July 26) will move back to the May date, and Levi’s image will move to July. Warner is confident of that Beetlejuice 2 It will still meet its post-Labor Day September 6 weekend release next year, which is the framework in which they program horror columns like He. She And The nun Privileges.
Other films scheduled to resume are the untitled F1 film from Apple Original Film starring Brad Pitt.
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Among those looking to film in early 2024 is Disney you can see 3 (no date specified), Warner Bros Maine Craft Starring Jason Momoa and directed by Jared Hess (release date April 4, 2025), New Line’s Mortal Kombat 2 (No date specified), The Keanu Reeves and Seth Rogen film is directed by Lionsgate’s Aziz Ansari Good fortune (it was closed due to a WGA strike in May), which will resume production. Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s Misha Green is directing and writing the thriller Sunflower Looking forward to starting lenses.
Regarding James Gunn’s second DC feature, Superman: Legacy Starring David Corenswet as the Man of Steel and Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, this film, which has been in the making all summer, is looking to shoot in March for a June 11, 2025 release.
As much as Andy Muschietti The brave and the bold Batman movies go; This picture is still early in the process, with the director now focusing on the image He. She Previous Max series Welcome to Derry.
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Also, returning to record voiceover will be a 3D animated film from Sony Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse Which has been pushed back from the calendar from its Easter weekend 2024 release. The sequel to last summer’s picture, Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse, proved that there’s no such thing as superhero fatigue at the box office, grossing over $690 million USD. whether Beyond the Spider-Verse A landing in the 2024 calendar is still in question, however, it would be very welcome. Sony just announced that November 8 next year Poison 3.
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One thing’s for sure: The 2024 calendar needs a producer, and the sooner these films come together, the more consistent the run of big theatrical releases will be. This would help theaters fight bankruptcy. (A shift in the exhibition landscape is expected due to double whammy with mergers between mid-sized circuits.)
“It’s better to be bigger to get better prices from suppliers,” one luxury showroom chain manager tells us.
This year’s back-to-back inventory is what has brought in a year-to-date domestic box office of $7.8 billion, up 25% from the same frame from January to early November. However, with significant gaps expected in next year’s schedule, there is a slowdown in inventory and 2024 is expected to see a dry period similar to the desert of August and October 2022. Another post-production congestion similar to the third quarter of last year is likely. Only features, but TV series as well. And remember, studios will have to sit down for talks with IATSE next year. Hopefully this won’t pause movies and TV shows again.
For the most part, the projects currently in production are top-notch for the actors starring in them and there’s no concern about said talent leaking to a future project. For example, sources close to… Gladiator The sequel says that the project is in the first place for Pedro Pascal, so his future projects like the Max series The last of us He’ll have to work around his schedule in the Ridley Scott-directed sequel.
With the strike ending at 12:01 a.m., deal-making meetings and even talent meetings about projects could begin again by the morning. For the past two months, the actors haven’t even been allowed to hold public meetings with studio executives while the strike continues, let alone negotiate a deal to join the project. A major surge in talent deal closings is expected.
While writers were allowed to take their specs to market after their strike ended, actors remained wary of rushed scripts, as many preferred to attach talent to make the package more attractive to studios. With actors now able to read scripts, this market is also expected to be filled with packages, though how quickly studios will jump in to purchase them is unknown at the moment.
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