Lionsgate and Marvel Strike Deal With Writers
Reported by Jay Cochran - 12:45 PM 2008.01.25
Two film studios producing new movies including RAMBO, SAW 5 and THE INCREDIBLE HULK have become the latest companies to reach a deal with striking screenwriters.
Lionsgate and Marvel have agreed interim deals with the Writers Guild of America (WGA), whose members have been staging walkouts since November (07), crippling the U.S. film and TV industry. The temporary truce means work will be able to continue on the studios' forthcoming projects.
A statement from the union confirmed the news: "We are pleased Lionsgate has joined the growing number of companies that have signed interim agreements with the Writers Guild."
Representatives from the studio added, "It was an important time to have our writer partners get back to work."
Tom Cruise's studio United Artists, The Weinstein Company and talkshow host David Letterman's TV firm have all recently reached agreements with the WGA to allow production to resume.
Writers and producers resumed talks with the WGA in a desperate bid to end the three-month long strike which has seen a variety of movie projects scrapped and TV shows taken off-air.