Movie Report: Talks Break Down Again Between Producers, Writers Guild

Contract talks between the Writers Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers broke down again Monday.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, a joint announcement Monday evening stated that the negotiations will resume next Tuesday, instead of continuing today as was scheduled. The issue, though, is that next Tuesday gives the two parties just a week before the current contract expires.

THR reports that beginning Tuesday, the WGA will  also commence a process of obtaining a strike authorization from its members, enabling the union to walk out immediately after the May 1 expiration of the contract. THR states that the union has said it will walk out if there is no renewal agreement reached.

THR reported that the guild wants a $535 million package of basic wage increases, residuals enhancements and cash infusions into benefits plans. Meanwhile, the studios are looking at an estimated $180 million deal, according to THR.

The last time there was a strike in Hollywood was nearly a decade ago, when the WGA walked in late 2007 and early 2008. It’s been previously reported that the WGA has sent out notifications that a strike could disrupt the fall TV broadcast season.


In other movie news, weekend box office actual numbers were reported yesterday, with the eighth “Fast and the Furious” film taking in nearly $100 million. At $98.7 million, the film beat out the sixth movie in the franchise which took in $97.3 million in its opening weekend, yet was far behind the seventh installment, which totaled $147 million in its debut.

The full top five was:
1. The Fate of the Furious – $98,786,705
2. The Boss Baby – $16,012,349
3. Beauty and the Beast – $13,705,122
4. Smurfs: The Lost Village – $6,714,300
5. Going in Style – $6,288,402

“Fate” will likely take the top spot again this weekend, as the only release this weekend is a small thriller titled “Unforgettable” starring Rosario Dawson.

Coming to the small screen, meanwhile, are the following:

  • The Founder, ATMR Rating: 3.8 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 84%
  • Sleepless, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 18%
  • Split, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%