Report: Impending Workers' Strike Could Delay WONDER WOMAN & STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII

Still from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
Credit: Lucasfilm
Still from 'Wonder Woman'
Still from 'Wonder Woman'
Credit: Warner Bros.

Several major films including Wonder Woman and Star Wars: Episode VIII could be delayed if a UK filmworkers' union doesn't get it's way, according to The Independent. Lightning technicians organized under the Bectu union have promised to go on strike beginning Saturday if its employers don't capitulate on a pay raise. The technicians haven't received a pay raise in four years, and if they go on strike it could delay the filming of up to nine films in England.

“At the moment these productions are at risk of stopping on Saturday,” said Bectu's general secretary, Gerry Morrissey. “In order to shoot a film properly you need lighting. If there’s no lighting, you can’t get a decent picture. Without a decent picture you haven’t got a film.”

After talks broke down betweeeen Bectu and the local studios, the producers of the nine films including Wonder Woman and Star Wars: Episode VIII called an emergency meeting to work out differences. A pay raise was offered to the lighting technicians, and they expect to announce a decision by the end of Friday if they will accept or go ahead with their planned strike.

The 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike forced the delay of several major films, and was one of the contributing factors in the outright cancellation of George Miller's Justice League: Mortal movie.

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