The sheer volume of content production by streaming giants such as Netflix has put immense pressure on writers. While these platforms are generating considerable revenue, contract durations for writers have shortened and compensations have decreased over time.
Alarmingly, a significant number of writers, despite being employed by major companies like HBO and Disney+, find it challenging to sustain themselves solely through their writing work. The environment that once offered stability and room for growth appears to be eroding.
The Strike and its Implications
Due to these issues and more, a large number of Writers Guild of America members have decided to strike. As a result, numerous film and series projects have been put on pause, leaving fans of shows like Cobra Kai, for instance, waiting longer for the final season. According to Variety, the latest show to be affected by the strike is the second season of The Last of Us.
The new episodes of The Last of Us Season 2 are yet to be scripted. This has led to a situation where actors auditioning for roles had to use lines directly from The Last of Us Part 2 for their auditions.
Now, however, a source close to the production has revealed that work has been temporarily suspended. This is a significant setback since production was expected to commence in a few months.
The Future of Content Production Amid the Strike
The strike has disrupted the normal flow of content production, leaving fans, actors, and production crews in a state of limbo.
It’s a stark reminder of the significance of writers in the industry and the need to address their concerns seriously. Until these issues are resolved, fans may have to brace themselves for delays in their favorite shows, including the upcoming season of The Last of Us.