The writers strike has been going on for a long time now, around 2 months. The whole thing is getting a bit tiring now, so here’s hoping the recent directors agreement with the producers will lead to agreements with the writers and actors as well. In the meantime there are movies that have either delayed production (Magneto, Justice League), have been cancelled altogether, or are working on what they can that doesn’t involve someone from the Writers Guild writing something, and that is the case with Transformers 2. Michael Bay knows that if a sequel is going to make it for 2009, it needs to start soon. He spoke to Variety about the situation:
“We knew from early on that the writers strike could get ugly, and this has got to bring a little sanity to the situation,” Bay said. “I can’t do the movie without my writers, but I have been prepping. I’m not in the guild, but I’ve been writing every day. This strike (is) insane, and a director’s responsibility is to the 50 crew members who depend on you for their livelihoods. We’ve got battle plans ready for the possibility of an actors strike. Somehow, you’ve got to keep the ball rolling.”
No doubt his writers will come back and give him a thwack across the face, screaming the words ‘How dare you write the script without us!’. Bay should than return the facial thwack screaming ‘How dare you make the fans wait longer for Transformers 2!’.