Disney+ is halting production of the upcoming revival series Daredevil: Born Again due to picketing members of the Writers Guild of America East. The strike has already brought about problems creating or finishing new content, and this is most certainly not the last series to be affected.
Already, the strike has interrupted production on the final season of Stranger Things, Cobra Kai, Yellowjackets, Abbott Elementary, Hacks as well as sent Saturday Night Live and late-night television shows into showing reruns in their timeslots.
Daredevil: Born Again is written by WGA union members Matt Croman and Chris Ord, who are actively participating in the writers’ strike and refused to be on set.
The 18-episode series began production on March 6th in New York and is scheduled to premiere on Disney+ early next year, but that could very well be postponed. The series was expected to take eight months to finish filming. After two months, it looks like the series may be forced to take an indefinite intermission until negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picutres and Television Producers can reach an agreement on new contract terms.
According to WGA East’s Twitter account, “WGA members on strike set up a sunrise picket at Silvercup East, where they’re supposed to be filming Daredevil, but members of the Teamster Local 817 and IATSE Locals 829 and 52 are refusing to cross the picket line.” And by 1:00 p.m. ET, production had simply given up as nothing was getting accomplished.
One commentor on WGA’s post states their outrage, “If Daredevil gets delayed I will never forgive the studios. Bad enough they don’t pay their writers fairly but to deny us more of this character, even Kingpin was hiring union labor.
Production will attempt to continue tomorrow, so check back with Cord Cutters News for more coverage on when – or if filming – will resume.