oppenheimer’ director christopher nolan won’t work on any projects during hollywood strike
Tens of thousands of performers have joined writers in taking industrial action over worrying tensions between the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).
The dispute stems from concerns surrounding artificial intelligence and dwindling pay.
“It’s Very Important That Everybody Understands”
Nolan will not be working on any projects during the protests. It came after the stars of his new movie ‘Oppenheimer’ – releasing on July 21 – walked out of the London premiere on Thursday when the action was announced.
“It’s very important that everybody understands it is a very key moment in the relationship between working people and Hollywood,” the director mentioned.
His latest blockbuster, starring Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr, Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt and several other prominent performers, tells the story of J Robert Oppenheimer, the man behind the nuclear bomb. Nolan drew a comparison with the threat AI poses to humanity.
Hollywood Actors Join Screenwriters In Historic Strike
Hollywood is navigating its first big shutdown in six decades. The strike was announced after the SAG-AFTRA union – which represents around 160,000 performers including Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie – failed to reach an agreement with the AMPTP.
Although A-list stars joining the strike won’t be gaining much financial help, their involvement is expected to impose greater pressure on the trade association.
Production of movies and scripted TV shows would stop in the country for the time being. Promotional events for upcoming projects yet to hit theatres will be cancelled. Streaming services like Amazon Prime and Netflix would face the impact too.