The highly anticipated fifth season of the much-loved Netflix series, Stranger Things, is reportedly ready to roll its cameras and start filming at the earliest opportunity. The only obstacle standing in the way is the ongoing actors' strike. Shawn Levy, a renowned producer on the show, shared this information in a recent interview with The Wrap.
Levy disclosed that the production crew has been eager to start work, awaiting the resolution of the actors' strike as the major prerequisite. The writers, having resolved their strike, have already been working hard. The production team not only has the pent-up excitement for the commencement of the new season but also has several crew members whose livelihoods hang in balance due to the prolonged strikes.
The Hollywood actors' union, SAG-AFTRA, initiated the strike in July due to a dispute with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The disagreement revolves around streaming revenue and the utilization of AI. This industrial action has severely affected the production timelines of many shows and movies across the industry.
Meanwhile, the Writers Guild of America (WGA), representing screenwriters, was involved in a similar strike for nearly five months within the same year. However, the writers' strike found a resolution toward the end of September, enabling the writing room for Stranger Things to get back in full swing.
Aside from the much-awaited Stranger Things Season 5, the team is also juggling the launch of the Stranger Things play in London. Expressing his excitement for the upcoming venture, Levy referred to the production as 'fabulous' and 'awesome'.
Having previously hinted at the upcoming season's grand scale, Levy reiterated his assertion during the interview. He expressed that Season 5 of Stranger Things would feature an unprecedented level of cinematic storytelling. The depth and scale of the narrative were likened by Levy to some of the biggest blockbuster movies, emphasizing the show’s significant evolution from conventional television.
While fans patiently - or not so patiently - await the next season of Stranger Things and the resolution of the actors’ strike, they can take comfort in the rich catalogue of other exceptional shows available on Netflix. The streaming giant boasts a vast selection of high-quality series to fill the Stranger Things-shaped hole in their viewing schedule.
As the industry and viewers alike hold their breath for the resolution of the Stage Actors' Guild strike, the sense of anticipation for the upcoming Stranger Things season continues to build. Season 5 waits in the wings, ready to enter stage left and once again captivate audiences globally, reaffirming the show's undeniable status as a crowning jewel of Netflix's repertoire.
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