Scabs or just inaccurate reporting?

by Paul William Tenny

Along with obvious and inevitable rumors that character X would get his or her own spin-off movie after appearing in movie Y, I raise a certain uncomfortable question where the answer is going to suck either way. Let me explain; you can see the rumor that Venom of Spider-Man 3 -- which I just saw this weekend and didn't was all that great -- would be getting his own flick just about everywhere on the entertainment blogs over the past few days, but I don't see anybody asking the obvious question that ought to follow this statement:
We know not to trust too many unconfirmed reports, but this rumor is just too good to pass up. I really doubt that it's true (but I would be happy to be proven wrong), but at least it's a good one to discuss. IESB is reporting that Venom from the Spider-Man universe is getting his own spin-off stand alone movie. The only thing that's officially reported is that they've "confirmed that 'the studio' has met recently with several 'A list writers' about a spin-off film."

What I've highlighted here is the most important part, because the last time I checked, striking writers were not allowed to have meetings like this with the studios, producers, or really even their own agents while the strike is still on. Since this strike has been going for three months now, either this meeting happened before October 31st, or these "A-list" writers are greedy, pathetic scabs that are more interested in lining up windfall deals right in the middle of a strike.

Or somebody discovered time travel, and isn't sharing with the rest of us.

I'm no expert on the strike rules, but I know you aren't even supposed to enter the building of a struck company during the strike, not even to get your personal belongings, or to say hi to some of your friends to even to pick up a paycheck for previous work (not that you'd actually do that, but you get the idea.)

To have these kinds of meetings, even if it isn't a strict violation of the letter of the strike rules, it's certainly a profound rape of the spirit of the rules, and really proves quite well that greed often wins out and simply doesn't play class favorites here.

I hope there's missing information here, or that this rumor turns out to be false, but if it isn't, I'm deeply disappointed in whomever decided their own bank account (and if they really are all A-list'ers, trust me, they aren't out there starving or begging the power company to keep their lights turned on during this strike) was more important than standing in solidarity with the majority of their colleagues that are fighting for a fair deal that could mean -- and often does mean -- as much as half of what they will earn in their careers.
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