We have covered some of the possible effects of the SAG strike. In the short window of time, since the strike was announced, there have already been allegations of production studios trying to find workarounds.
According to this article published by Variety, FX’s original Aliens spin-off may be one of them. Variety reports that the show will continue its scheduled production in Thailand. This doesn’t break any of the rules of the strike, but it does raise questions about the SAG-associated actors involved.
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Filming outside of the United States allows production studios to get around the SAG rules, so long as they don’t use any talent associated with the guild. It is reported that the cast of Aliens has two lead parts that are a part of the guild.
This puts the production of Aliens in a rough spot. Are they intending to film using non-guild talent, then hopefully bring in union talent and finish filming after the strike? Variety reach out to producer Aliens Chris Lowenstein (Tremors: Shrieker Island) but he refused to give a comment.
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The film is still in pre-production, so FX has not done anything wrong at this point in time. It is possible that they could change the Aliens script to not include those characters, or simply recast them. But not being able to use anyone from the writer’s or actor’s guild will certainly make this process very difficult.
The world of horror is up in the air right now and there’s no telling when it will come back down. As always, we will do our part in keeping you updated during these rocky times.