Game of Thrones prequel paused as Hollywood writers’ strike continues

Game of Thrones prequel paused as Hollywood writers’ strike continues –

The writing of a coming Game of Thrones prequel has been halted, and production on the final season of Stranger Things paused, as a nearly week-long strike by thousands of film and television writers rippled across Hollywood.

In a blog post, Game of Thrones author George RR Martin said the writer’s room for A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight – for the Max streaming service – was “closed for the duration of the strike” by the Writers Guild of America (WGA). “I am not in LA, so I cannot walk a picket line as I did in 1988, but I want to go on the record with my full and complete and unequivocal support of my Guild,” he wrote.

In a subsequent post, Martin said the most important issue in the current strike was the proliferation of “mini rooms”, which make it much more difficult for new, young writers to progress to the next stage of a show after it is greenlit.

Martin described mini-rooms as an “abomination” that interrupts the same talent pipeline he benefited from in his first TV role on the Twilight Zone. “If the Story Editors of 2023 are not allowed to get any production experience, where do the studios think the Showrunners of 2033 are going to come from?” he wrote.

The WGA went on strike on 2 May after failing to reach a new labour agreement with higher pay from Hollywood studios such as Netflix Inc and Walt Disney Co. The studios have said they made a “generous” offer to boost compensation.

Late-night talk shows immediately went dark, and some TV series and movies have followed. On Sunday, the writers and creators of Netflix hit Stranger Things announced production was paused: “Writing does not stop when filming begins,” they said on Twitter. “While we’re excited to start production with our amazing cast and crew, it is not possible during this strike.”

Marvel movie Blade, starring Mahershala Ali, also shut down just before filming was set to start.

Last month, The Hedge Knight was touted by Warner Bros executives as one of the marquee shows in development for Max, the new name for what had been HBO Max.

The series is set 100 years before the events of Game of Thrones, a time when the Targaryen line holds the Iron Throne, and focuses on a young knight and his squire. No release date has been announced.

On his blog, Martin said the second season of House of the Dragon, another Game of Thrones prequel, began filming in April and would continue in London and Wales. All eight episodes have been already been written and revised, he said.

It is unclear how long the strike will last. No new talks have been scheduled between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), the group negotiating on behalf of studios.

“Maybe the AMPTP members will come to their senses tomorrow and offer some meaningful concessions, and the whole thing can be wrapped up next week,” Martin said. “I would not bet the ranch on that, however … I have never seen the Guild so united as it is now.”

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