In a move that has sent shockwaves through the film industry, production on Deadpool 3 has been halted due to the ongoing Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) strike.
The Marvel sequel is one of the first major productions to be impacted by the strike, which has seen actors joining Writers Guild of America members on the picket lines.
Deadpool 3 Production Halted
As reported by Variety, news of the production suspension comes just days after Deadpool 3 provided audiences with a first look at the set. A photograph was released showing stars Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman suited up as Deadpool and Wolverine, respectively. It was also recently announced that Jennifer Garner would appear in the film as Elektra, a role she previously played in 2003’s Daredevil and the 2005 spinoff film Elektra.
Deadpool 3 reunites Reynolds with his Free Guy director Shawn Levy. The film will be the first series entry released by the Walt Disney Company, following the studio’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox in 2019. The threequel has been slated for a May 3, 2024 release in theatres — a goalpost that is now in jeopardy due to the production halt.
The Impact of the Actors’ Strike
When the Writers Guild of America approved a strike order in May, television programmes like NBC’s Saturday Night Live and late-night talk shows were the first to cease operations. Deadpool 3 had managed to navigate the writers strike, continuing production through recent weeks. However, the sudden suspension of filming foreshadows the industry-wide stasis that’s now in store with screen actors on the picket lines.
The SAG-AFTRA union represents around 160,000 performers including actors, announcers, hosts, DJs, stunt performers and broadcast journalists, all of whom are currently seeking wage equity and improved working conditions amid an ever-changing Hollywood landscape altered by streaming platforms and artificial intelligence.
Final Thoughts on Deadpool 3 shutting down production
The halt in production of Deadpool 3 is a significant development in the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, demonstrating the far-reaching impact of the action. As the strike continues, it remains to be seen how other productions will be affected and what the long-term implications for the industry will be. For now, fans of Deadpool will have to wait a little longer to see their favourite anti-hero back on the big screen. Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.
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