Posted: Tue., Oct. 7, 2008, 9:00pm PT
Studios prep major film production
Cameras ready to roll despite SAG stalemate
By Michael Fleming
After mostly sitting on the sidelines since the June 30 expiration of the SAG contract, studios are preparing to put 40 or more films into production between spring and summer.
Hundreds of millions of dollars in production financing will be committed to fill slates for 2010 and 2011, signaling the end of the de facto thesp strike that has kept pic production at a low ebb for nearly a year.
With a handful of exceptions, the majors mostly stopped greenlighting films in October 2007, which led to a large number of productions that wrapped before June 30.
Studios are ready to replicate that pre-strike rush by creating the same kind of boom market for production starting early next year. Studio toppers are moving forward with a healthy level of anxiety. The recent credit crunch wonít impact the next batch of film starts, execs said, because that money has already been secured and budgeted. And thereís clear evidence that audiences will continue to come to theaters, even if the economy remains in the toilet by the time these films are released.Studios prep major film production - Entertainment News, Front Page, Media - VarietyDISNEY
- Tim Burton-directed "Alice in Wonderland"
- "Tron" sequel
- Robert Zemeckis-produced motion-capture film "Mars Needs Moms";
- Jon Turteltaub-directed "The Sorcererís Apprentice" with Nicolas Cage
- Walt Becker- helmed "Wild Hogs 2"