‘House of Dragon’ to continue filming its second season despite screenwriters’ strike
The strike enacted by the Screenwriters Guild of America and the AMPTP has put future major studio productions in jeopardy.
The sequel to the hit HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’ won’t be affected by the Hollywood writers strike, as the ‘House of Dragon’ is planning to proceed with production of its second season despite the strike.
The negotiation between the Screenwriters Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers concluded in a strike May 1.
Why is ‘House of Dragons’ unaffected by the strike?
The move has raised question marks over several productions of the major studios, with films and series facing delays as a result of this strike.
Yet, this may not be the case for the ‘House of Dragons’ franchise. The second season of the Targaryen prequel will be able to proceed because the scripts have already been written for some time, as per Variety.
Ryan Condal, co-creator and executive producer of the series, announced on April 11 that they were already filming the show’s second season.
“All your favorite characters will be plotting again at the council tables, marching with their armies and riding their dragons into battle,” Condal said about the next season.
What are the writers’ demands?
The union has published a document with the requests of the writers so their demands can be viewed by the public. The demands are largely economic.
Screenwriters are asking for the abolition of their temporary employment status or project-based pay and seek retribution and transparency of the profits derived from streaming.
The salary increase would cost the studios $429 million dollars a year.
The other issue that worries writers outside the economic plane is that of AI.
The union is calling for AI not to be a source of literary material, a proposal that the Producers Alliance has already rejected. Meanwhile, production and streaming giants are saying they are already looking into using AI to replace up to 80 percent of writers.