Marvel Studios has halted pre-production on its movie Blade due to the writers’ strike.
The vampire thriller starring Mahershala Ali was set to begin filming next month in Atlanta, but the feature project has been paused twice, becoming the first major film impacted by the ongoing writer’s strike in Hollywood.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio plans to restart production once the strike is over. The strike has affected the late-night talk shows and Saturday Night Live as well as one drama series, Showtime’s Billions.
Marvel is planning to have three movies shooting simultaneously and two series. The studio is currently filming Captain America: New World Order, Agatha: Coven of Chaos, and Wonder Man, while Deadpool 3 is expected to begin filming in London later this month. The Fantastic Four is eyeing a January 2024 start date in London.
The strike presents uncharted territory for Marvel as the studio is used to having a writer on set to rework scripts on the fly. Most big-budget blockbusters have scripts evolving during production, but Marvel has a more acute reputation for script pages flying off the typewriters during filming.