Hey Brother, Can You Spare a Screenplay?

Hollywood desperate to finish scripts before Halloween writer strike
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2007 1:06 PM CDT
The writer and director of the upcoming "Night at the Museum 2" have been holed up since October 1, trying to punch out a usable version of the script ahead of the strike deadline.    (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – Last week, Paramount issued an urgent call for someone, anyone, to doctor its Wolverine script—fast. Across Hollywood, studios and writers alike are desperately rushing to finish scripts before the Writers' Guild’s Halloween strike deadline, the LA Times reports. “Everybody is living in the impending doom,” said one scribe, furiously scribbling a Da Vinci Code sequel.

The Guild strike rules forbid even minor edits during the strike, so studios don’t want to start filming without polished scripts. And while TV will take an immediate hit, “Next year, there's going to be a plethora of bad movies,” predicted one producer. Writers are as panicked as studios, working under what one producer called “inhuman amounts of pressure.”