The Walking Dead’s Revival: Spinoffs Resume Production Amid Negotiations
AMC Networks has achieved a significant breakthrough by successfully navigating negotiations with SAG-AFTRA, resulting in interim agreements that mark the revival of two spinoffs from The Walking Dead franchise.
This pivotal development allows the cast and crews of “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon” and “The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live,” as well as “Interview With the Vampire,” to resume their work on set. This positive stride aligns with SAG-AFTRA’s list of projects featuring interim agreements.
A New Dawn for The Walking Dead Universe
The eagerly anticipated premiere of the first season of “Daryl Dixon” on September 10th positions the interim agreement at a critical juncture, facilitating the seamless transition into the production of its second season. Meanwhile, “The Ones Who Live,” having concluded its physical production, is poised to finalize post-production for its inaugural season, with a scheduled release 2024.
Notably, “Daryl Dixon” spotlights Norman Reedus as the iconic character navigating a post-apocalyptic France, while “The Ones Who Live” delves into the captivating narratives of Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira).
AMC’s strategic negotiations with SAG-AFTRA stem from its unique status as an authorized company, distinct from the AMPTP—the collective representing significant studios and streaming platforms in Hollywood. While not directly participating in AMPTP negotiations, AMC abides by the eventual terms established between AMPTP and SAG-AFTRA. The network has not provided official comments regarding these interim agreements.
The recent beneficiaries of interim agreements primarily encompass independent films, such as Francis Ford Coppola’s “Megalopolis,” alongside productions featuring Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Rebel Wilson, and other notable figures. Several TV series, including the faith-centric “The Chosen” and Apple TV+’s “Tehran,” have secured interim agreements successfully.
It is paramount to underscore that interim agreements do not function as a “waiver” to bypass picket lines. Rather, they signify a production’s alignment with SAG-AFTRA’s new terms, awaiting eventual acceptance by AMPTP. Despite ongoing internal discussions within SAG-AFTRA, the leadership steadfastly supports interim agreements, recognizing their pivotal role in substantiating the practicality and viability of actors’ terms.
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In the radiant context of the Venice Film Festival, actor Adam Driver succinctly encapsulated the essence of the interim agreement strategy while promoting “Ferrari.” His remarks underscore the strategic effectiveness of the approach, reflecting the industry’s evolving dynamics and diverse responses exhibited by various distribution companies.
Driver’s comments serve as a poignant reminder of the intricate interplay between demands, negotiations, and the continually evolving landscape of the entertainment industry.