Here’s How The Writer’s Strike Might Delay (Or Kill) The Walking Dead, Season 8

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-05-21

Writer Strike Could Hurt AMC’s Best Series

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

As many shows are gearing up for season finales in May, there are other dramas that are just starting to film again. The Writers Guild of America, which represents film and television, is threatening to strike.

This strike could mean that production could end or be delayed on major shows like The Walking Dead. The current contract ended on May 1, 2017. 

Last time, the strike destroyed some major franchise films.

2009 Writer’s Strike Hits Hollywood Hard

Ryan Reynolds | Photo Credit Wolverine

During the 2009 strike, X-Men Origins: Wolverine was hit hard by the strike. The strike meant that the studio decided to begin filming despite not having a finished script. This means using what you had and settling for less.

Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds said, “So we were in the middle of production, there were no writers, no anything. Every line I have in the movie I just wrote myself because in the script we had, it said, ‘Wade Wilson shows up, talks really fast.’ I was like, ‘What?! What am I supposed to do with that?’”

This also happened with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, G.I.Joe: Rise of Cobra, Star Trek, and Quantum of Solace.

Writers Strike Means Creating More With Less

Daniel Craig | Photo Credit Quantum of Solace

James Bond actor Daniel Craig revealed:

“You swear that you’ll never get involved with shit like that, and it happens. On “Quantum”, we were f*cked. We had the bare bones of a script and then there was a writers’ strike and there was nothing we could do. We couldn’t employ a writer to finish it. I say to myself, ‘Never again,’ but who knows? There was me trying to rewrite scenes — and a writer I am not.”

Hopefully, the writers behind The Walking Dead have written enough to get the series going. Chandler Riggs has already reported that the first episode has been written and sent out to the actors.

If not, however, it could delay or hurt the show.

Do you remember seeing these damaged films back in 2009?

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Brock Swinson

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Brock Swinson is the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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