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HOLLYWOOD SHAKES UP ITS RELEASE ROSTER FOLLOWING SAG-AFTRA SRIKE END

Posted on: November 16th, 2023

With the SAG-AFTRA strike now at an end and Hollywood free to move ahead with everything that’s been put on hold, it was inevitable there would be some changes.

Unfortunately, it seems a great deal of genre projects have been bumped back. However, it’s important to factor in that some of these weren’t very far along in the creative process when they were forced into hiatus. It’s only fair that the projects closer to completion get the nearest spots on the calendar, ensuring each creative process is nurtured and gets the best possible chance to be as strong as it can.

To that end, never fear, we’re here to let you know what projects have been pushed from their expected windows.

The currently untitled sequel to Venom: Let There Be Carnage has moved from its original July 12th 2024 date to a new one of November 8th 2024. Filming had only commenced three weeks before the SAG-AFTRA strike went into effect, so it’s likely very little was completed. Filming is expected to resume shortly in Spain before moving on to London. Currently very little is known about the project besides a few actors announced in undisclosed roles.

Next, we have the previously discussed Blade reboot. Following the director’s rating assurance, it appears the project will move from an unspecified early 2025 release to a slot in the fall. A two-year wait may seem extensive, but it’s highly likely actors such as Mia Goth have prior commitments, that may have also been halted due to the strike. Also, as we previously noted this week, the script appears to be a continuing issue on the project, so it’s best the team have that down before committing to a shoot and solid release date.

Finally, we have the most baffling date change in the much-maligned Alien TV series for FX. We say much-maligned because, as we reported at the time, principal photography continued in-spite of the strike. This was achieved through shooting in Thailand and using largely non-union actors. However, we have since learned that star Sydney Chandler opted not to participate and the Alien crew worked around her. However, production was suspended in August 2023 following the completion of most material without Chandler. Now the series is not expected to premiere until 2025, nixing the initial fall 2024 window, with shooting set to resume in January.

And so far, that is all the major release date changes post-strike resolution. Undoubtedly there will be more, and we’ll be here to bring them to you as we get them.

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