The creator and showrunner for the newest spin-off/prequel for the Disney+ Star Wars show, Andor, responds to scabbing accusation.
The writers’ strike is affecting many projects in tinsel town. The writers’ strike is affecting many projects in Hollywood. Some shows that are currently in production are being reworked, if not completely delayed. The Hollywood Reporter has recently broke that Tony Gilroy, the creator and showrunner for Disney+’s Star Wars series, Andor, has announced that he has ceased producing duties for the show, which is currently in production for season 2, after Gilroy had been accused of being a scab by another writer.Gilroy has released a statement that addresses his cessation of producing duties on the second season of Andor. The statement reads: I discontinued all
writing, writing-related, and production work on Andor before midnight, May 1. I informed Chris Keyser of the Writer’s Guild of America on Sunday morning, after being briefed about the Saturday showrunners meeting, that I would be ceasing all non writing producing functions.” Keyser is the co-chair of negotiating committee of the Writer’s Guild of America. He confirmed Gilroy’s claim. Lucasfilm, the studio producing Andor, had declined to make a comment.This is in response to a post made by another writer who called out Gilroy for scabbing during the strike. Abdullah Saeed who created the Hulu comedy Deli Boy for Onyx Collective, pointed out Gilroy in a post on May 8, 200101010 “This is scabbing.” It’s impossible for a writer/producer to ‘finish’ the writing and then begin producing. Let’s see the scripts if they are truly finished. If there is even one word that’s different, you can kick Tony Gilroy from the WGA. One of Hollywood’s biggest writers could stand up for his union and stop production on his hit series, forcing a major Hollywood studio to take WGA demands more seriously. He has chosen to be SCAB instead! We all want Andor S2, but not to the detriment of writers’ rights. #wgastrong The Writers’ Guild called this strategy “union-busting.” They also said that guild members were prohibited from performing such services as cutting for time, making small changes to narration or dialogue before or during production and “changes to technical or stage directions.” during the strike. Gilroy claims not to have done any of this, as he has not been on set for season 2 since the strike started on May 2.