Westworld fans rejoice! Deadline reports that the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year film and TV contract. The deal successfully averts a writer’s strike, which the WGA voted to authorize back on April 24th.
As a member of the WGA negotiating committee, Westworld showrunner Jonathan Nolan had a personal stake in reaching a deal. Nolan and his wife/co-showrunner, Lisa Joy, are still working on the scripts for Westworld’s second season – already pushed back to 2018. A strike could have delayed production for considerably longer, which would have devastated fans and affected everyone involved with the show.
The threat had been looming since March. Nolan stated back then that although no one wanted a it, voting for a strike showed “the willingness of the membership to do what it takes.” A strike would have been damaging for both sides; the estimated cost of the 100 day strike in 2007-2008 was in the billions, and the demand for scripted television series has increased considerably since then. Thankfully, it looks like the crisis has been averted.
Read the WGA statement and get more details over at Deadline.