There is another big budget project Halted by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike. Taking place in the United States. Screen Northern Ireland in association with Amazon Studios and Scott Free Productions Blade Runner 2099, confirmed that the case was terminated immediately. Filming on the series is no longer expected to begin until spring 2024 BBC Northern Ireland.

Based on the series Blade Runner movies from Ridley Scottas an executive producer on board – and Denis Villeneuve, who was responsible for its continuation, Blade Runner 2049. Northern Ireland Screen confirmed in a statement Blade Runner 2099 was delayed.


“Northern Ireland Screen is extremely disappointed that Blade Runner 2099 is not going ahead due to the ongoing writers’ strike. The project has been in the making in Belfast for many months. The WGA strike has halted production worldwide and we hope that a fair settlement will be reached soon so the crew can get back to work.

“This will undoubtedly leave a gap in Northern Ireland’s production schedule and Northern Ireland Screen is committed to closing this gap as soon as possible, given that many independent crew and supply chain companies will rely on this project for work in the coming months. does something.”

The global television head of Amazon Studios, which announced the project last year Vernon Sanders described as a continuation of Blade Runner franchise. As its title suggests, Blade Runner 2099 set 50 years later Blade Runner 2049.

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Why is the WGA Strike important?

The Writers Guild of America argues Their members are currently not receiving their fair share of royalties from their work, largely due to the rise of streaming platforms. If a TV show airs on network TV but also via streaming, the latter is paid very little. For streamers, Writers are paid a flat fee regardless of success, but television uses a pay-per-success model. This means that the more successful a show is, the longer it lives and the more money its creators make.

The WGA, which is also campaigning for higher wages, wants to put to rest fears about the use of artificial intelligence in screenwriting.It negates the need for actual writers by asking the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for a “non-source” guarantee.

Read more about the WGA Strikeand what that means for you as a viewer, and why you should support the writers in their quest for justice.