As you no doubt know, there's a great deal of buzz about the possibility of a writer's strike
in Hollywood, as soon as the beginning of next month. Even more likely, if that's delayed, is a strike on a larger scale, next June. As noted on the Guardian UK, and Variety (via IGN-->): "The WGA had been expected to join forces with the DGA [Directors Guild of America] and the SAG [Screen Actors Guild] in the summer, rather than on November 1, when its current contract with studios expires. The possible strike is over royalties from sales of movies over the Internet and on DVD, which are not covered in the current deal between the various guilds." Today's Variety adds that a "possible lockout is also being discussed."
More on the Defamer, which looks for a silver lining: "While the looming™ possibility of a strike is certainly upsetting, it's still possible to find a silver lining streaking the clouds that would blanket Hollywood during the nuclear winter of a work stoppage. Even a quick scan of other stories of today's trade papers indicates that the studios will be making every effort to keep audiences entertained during a prolonged walk-out, rushing into production the kind of high-quality, Michael Bay-produced, recycled film projects that might have tragically languished in development hell without this newfound sense of urgency."
So what does this all mean for people with scripts circulating out there at various studios? Will they have a better chance of getting a project greenlit soon, out of desperation, as studios panic into rushing projects forward to make sure they're covered next year? Or if it doesn't happen now, and then a strike does happen, will they be screwed into screenwriter purgatory for a long while?
Only time will tell, and I have no idea how this affects my own project floating out there - probably not very much given it's only being looked at independently right now - but my gut feeling is that a) a strike will happen, and then b) won't last more than a month.